These questions goes out for the spinning rod builders here. My Thread is a little long and Detailed so bear with me please.
I would ask down in the Bamboo Section but I see there is much more Rod Building information up here.
What I have is a 6'6" blank, it is an Orvis Flea Bamboo Taper. I am building this as a Spinning Rod for my Son for small stream Trout fishing here in Pa.
I really like Mudholes; "BTRLA Ring Lock A-Frame Spinning Guides", smallest available is a size 6. (single foot)
"BTRLS Typhoon Spin/Cast Guide, smallest available is an size 8. (double foot)
1. How are spinning guides measured so I know as a reference? Inside dia. of the ring or Outside dia.?
2. Would either of these guides be recommended for this rod? Very short and Ultralite.
3. If yes, how many and what sizes are recommended for this blank.
I've looked at the "Artus Micro Guides" for their small size but I am very hooked on the Blue NanoPlasma Rings for this build.
One more question please;
This rod is currently a 1 piece 6'6" taper. So, considering it being so fragile (so to speak), I'm worried about normal handling and breaking it putting it in a sock and tube during routine usage at this length.. (even with being careful)
I am considering purchasing ferrules and making this a 2 piece..
I see where some guys preheat their dip tube (various methods) hot water, electric heat tape... and I'm wondering if it really makes a difference.
Does it help with the varnish flowing better or how about the tiny air bubbles dilemma, my problem???
My cellar shop is 66*-68* on average with concrete floor. I have 2 pvc dip tubes standing upright on the floor, so I have no idea what the true temperature is of the Spar Varnish. I am considering the idea of preheating with the heat tape method if recommended..