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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 18 Apr 2021, 13:23 • #2151 
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Carlz - yes it’s my first try at turning wooden handle bits. Came out pretty well, I just hope my finish holds up to use. Here’s a photo of the whole thing - I can barely get it in the camera frame...


The blank is a sort of rare CND 7/8/9. Again, not for me - I don’t have any regular need a rod that long!


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 19 Apr 2021, 08:48 • #2152 
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Beautiful!


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 02 May 2021, 16:07 • #2153 
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That's a really excellent build, brockton. Along with the grip, I really like the thread choice. Is that Fuji's blue dun?

Here's a Livingston honey E-glass on the rod turner, prepping for the signature. It has a Struble D20 reel seat with a tiger maple insert. I really love the color of these blanks.







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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 03 May 2021, 11:13 • #2154 
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Glacier - is that the 8’ 3wt blank you are building? I am very interested in that blank and am curious as to your impressions of it. Dusty told me it is a parabolic action and that’s about it. Roy


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 03 May 2021, 20:14 • #2155 
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Roy, it’s a 5 weight. Sorry that I can’t help you there. I’ll get it out and fish it once it’s built, but I’m not sure when I’ll actually get to all it. I have a lot going on at work and home for the next couple of weeks. For now, it’s just about doing what I can when I can.


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 04 May 2021, 05:49 • #2156 
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Looking great GR! Looking forward to the finished product and a review of that rod!


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 05 May 2021, 06:28 • #2157 
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Rod building is usually not a high priority during early season mayfly fishing here in PA. However, recent receipt of an 804-3 McFarland “Classic” blank caused me to fit the build in between multi-day fishing excursions. I had chosen this blank because of how much I’ve been enjoying the “Classic” 835-3 over the last couple years.

During a few disjointed sessions I selected cork rings for the grip, matched a reel seat insert with a Lemke LC-7 dark nickel skeleton, and ordered in some guides. A stent was installed to get the butt diameter into the range of my reel seat insert ID. Following grip turning I mocked up the bottom end, taped guides in place, and did some lawn casting. Not many progress photos were taken as I was hustling this one and didn’t spend much time with photo documentation.

As a little aside, reel seat (up or down locking) hardware has changed quite a bit since I began building. Hardware is mostly aluminum now versus weighty nickel silver. So unlike an original U20 skeleton weighing about an ounce, modern equivalents weigh about 0.4 ounces. This difference requires attention when trying to achieve a nice balance. For this rod I felt added butt weight would help, so I incorporated a 6 gram (.212 oz) lead golf club shaft weight into the butt of the stent.

Over the last few weeks I performed the assembly, doing the epoxy applications last weekend before departing for a couple day fishing trip. I was anxious to return home to cast the finished rod, which I did today. While out on the lawn I shot a few finished rod pictures - I’ll post some of them over in the Rod Photos forum.

- Quarter inch cork rings
- Lemke LC-7 dark nickel skeleton
- Snake Brand snakes and tip top
- Mildrum stripping guide darkened with Birchwood Casey aluminum black
- Gudebrod gold/black jasper thread and light yellow thread, tipped with black silk. First epoxy mix had denatured alcohol added to aid transparency

Jeff

Bottom end components


Stent notes for a fellow builder


Stent in place


Stent shortened and reel seat fit into place over stent


Grip and reel seat fit


First epoxy application turning


Foam fly tying cylinder used to close off male ferrule


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 06 May 2021, 09:28 • #2158 
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Jeff, nice work and great choice in components. Above all else, your cork grip work is absolutely stunning! I assume you turned the grip on the blank?

Ron


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 06 May 2021, 09:37 • #2159 
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Thank you Ron,
No, I've never attempted turning on the blank. I've always been more comfortable turning the grip on a mandrel, then getting all fitting taken care of before bonding the grip and reel seat in place.

Jeff


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 06 May 2021, 10:10 • #2160 
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Thanks for taking us through all the steps Jeff. Beautiful build!


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Post 06 May 2021, 13:37 • #2161 
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Beautiful work guys!

Bruce


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 06 May 2021, 21:02 • #2162 
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GlacierRambler wrote:
That's a really excellent build, brockton. Along with the grip, I really like the thread choice. Is that Fuji's blue dun?

Sorry GR, I just noticed your question!
It’s Fuji NCP and I think the colour is just “green”. It’s sort of a weird colour but happens to work with this blank.

That Livingston looks great.


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 06 Jun 2021, 21:24 • #2163 
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Getting on another project...
Stripping down two 10’6” 3wt Echo glass switches for a reel seat/handle upgrade. One for me, one for a client.



These guys are not easy to strip. Echo puts together a tough rod.


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 07 Jun 2021, 10:26 • #2164 
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Nice projects, keep the photos coming.

Jeff


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 10 Jul 2021, 07:02 • #2165 
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Finally finished my NFC 8 weight and got her out on the water. Certainly not the biggest striper of the year, but put a nice bend in her. Really enjoyed fishing this rod!





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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 23 Jul 2021, 14:12 • #2166 
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Progress! I think I might even get these done over the weekend. Miracles do happen.



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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 15 Sep 2021, 11:54 • #2167 
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Last project, next project, and some new raw materials.




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