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Member Since 29 Apr 2008
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In Topic: Bass fly blank

09 October 2017 - 09:12 PM

Gators are common but apparently move even slower than my 74 year old cousin.

In Topic: Fly rod for a fishing guide in Montana

28 January 2017 - 05:49 PM

If you're going to start making rods the size of a palito de dente, I may have to quit--it's just unfair!  Seriously, it's very nice and much less boring than most of the rods around here.  I'll keep my eyes open for it on the Spring Creeks near Livingston.  Maybe Frank would let me try a few casts.

In Topic: First attempt at a reel seat

17 October 2016 - 08:24 PM

Unless you are into doing a whole lot of inserts or grips, it is not really cost effective to get into your own stabilizing system. I probably do in excess of 1000 inserts a year, and still haven't and won't venture into the expense, and the hassle involved to do it correctly


    I saw a demo by the Cactus Juice guy a few years ago.  His vacuum pump was an air conditioner repair type readily available on FleaBay, his vacuum pot was simple and he cured the stabilized wood in a toaster oven, if memory serves.  The process was really pretty straightforward.  The deal breaker for me was buying a gallon of cactus juice for close to $100.  I would never use it up, but if you're doing 1000 a year, you could get your money's worth.

In Topic: First successful swing at a reel seat

17 October 2016 - 08:14 PM

Yes, you can turn inserts on any mandrel you've got.  If your pen mandrel doesn't have a locking nut on the end to squeeze all the parts into place, you can do a similar job with masking tape on the mandrel. 


If you can turn an insert, you can turn bushing.  Drill a piece of wood to mandrel diameter, put it on, secure with the lock nut or masking tape, and turn to cone shape with very light cuts.  Or you can make a small cylinder bushing with a stepped down end that fits into your drilled insert.  Or you can make a bushing out of brass or aluminum rod--they can be turned with high speed steel scrapers, just like wood.

In Topic: 7pc pack rod

17 October 2016 - 08:04 PM

Really nice Steve.  The dark, low flash guides will be an advantage in mountain lakes, and your concern for durability is well founded.