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Winter builds, 2021-22
Post 04 Nov 2021, 10:12 • #1 
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I know it may be a bit early but we had snow yesterday. It got me thinking about Winter projects.
Does anyone want to do this again?
I’ve got at least 4 projects to do
7 1/2’ built on a Phillipson blank
8 1/2 Action Glass
9’ Montague a peace offering to my brother
13’ center pin rod. Non glass


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Post 04 Nov 2021, 14:15 • #2 
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I have a few.

8 1/2' HI Mohawk "1408 1/2"
8 1/2' Yellow Fenwick FL102-7
8 1/2' Action Glass
8' Proof Meadow II 3/4wt


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Post 04 Nov 2021, 19:46 • #3 
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Never done this before but am looking into getting a kit from Matt at Proof for my first build. Probably go with his 6’6” or 8’ Olive.


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Post 04 Nov 2021, 20:41 • #4 
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BigHeavy
Don’t worry about never having done this. That’s kind if the whole idea. Folks swap ideas help each other. Sometimes swap parts. Post pics of their progress. Etc. There’s no hard deadline. Personally I shoot for the end of March so I’m ready for opening day.
Either of your blank choices are good depending on where you will use it.


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Post 04 Nov 2021, 22:45 • #5 
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I'll play!


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Post 05 Nov 2021, 10:53 • #6 
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Sounds good, thanks for the support! I’ll post some pics once I’m up and running, or rolling…


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Post 07 Nov 2021, 09:51 • #7 
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i haven't got the blank yet but im looking at a CTS 8' 4wt. CTS says the action is the same as the 7'6" (very sweet) so it will either be a wonderful rod for tributary fishing or for sale around april.

@bigheavy like cheffy said, post all your progress with photos and you will get so much great information and feed back shorten your learning curve tremendously, more than one way to skin a cat.


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Post 07 Nov 2021, 10:20 • #8 
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Are you going with the new CTS that they just introduced? They are saying the tapers are faster.
My 7 1/2’ CTS Quartz 4 wt is usually one of the first rods I grab if I’m going out


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Post 08 Nov 2021, 08:47 • #9 
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I'm in. I have a bamboo rod blank to build out from Mark Fitch (Payne 101 taper). I also have a Dale Clements 8' 6/7 glass blank to build out. And I want to rewrap my Fenwick FF75 as a few of the guides are very loose.


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Post 08 Nov 2021, 19:13 • #10 
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I have a Haldin 78 and 57 to occupy some of my winter. I’m in.


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Post 10 Nov 2021, 08:41 • #11 
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I will start the winter building an Epic 580 and I have a Bill Critchfield perfectionist that I need to finish. I need to build a spey rod for my brother .


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Post 28 Nov 2021, 09:08 • #12 
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Think i found my winter project...


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Post 28 Nov 2021, 12:34 • #13 
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Looks like a great project. I've always liked those "comficient" grips on SB's.

Bruce


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Post 28 Nov 2021, 13:40 • #14 
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For a minute there I thought that grip had bee through a fire.


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Post 28 Nov 2021, 20:09 • #15 
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A bad pic. Burned? No. But badly stained. I hope to clean and salvage the grip and seat.


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Post 28 Nov 2021, 23:58 • #16 
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I have too much going on to do a rebuild this winter. I will be lucky if I can get a new tip section wrapped and finish a graphite rod or two that I had planned to do last spring.

However I have a Livinstone and McFarland blank that may move up in the order if I start feeling artistic.


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Post 29 Nov 2021, 19:49 • #17 
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Go for it Carl! What mcfarland blank do you have?


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Post 29 Nov 2021, 21:18 • #18 
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I have an 8' 5wt spruce creek in a beautiful green that I've been waiting to build, but I'm waiting until I have some inspiration and patience. The other is a GTX 4wt that has the cork glued up already. I have an a couple of others too, but they aren't going to tempt me as much. I think the Livingstone 5wt will probably have to wait for a bit too.

My priorities are wrapping a new tip for my GTX 866, and two 7wt graphite rods that I want to build up to take my IFFF Master Casting Instructor test on. They don't need to be pretty, but I have some SiC guides that I want to put on them. These are fast action and not the most fun to fish, but they should be a bit easier to cast out to 90+ feet without straining myself.

The McFarland Tailwind 6wt is my current distance casting rod but I want a 7wt and I'm not looking for the soft tip to protect tippet in a rod that I'm only going to use for casting. It's the oddest thought to build a rod that I'm not going to fish.


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Post 29 Nov 2021, 21:52 • #19 
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My winter project list just grew. A good friend just ordered a couple of NFC euro blanks. More builds to plan


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Post 30 Nov 2021, 10:06 • #20 
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Count me in, I think I will finish the rods I tried to build last winter.


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Post 30 Nov 2021, 10:15 • #21 
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Hey John! I really like your work. Whatcha got in mind?


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Post 30 Nov 2021, 10:34 • #22 
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My winter project is to build out a vt made diamondback graphite blank I picked up 2 year s in stowe , it is 7’ 5/6 wt , and finish a couple 7’ 3wt generic blanks one to be left at camp and one for my wife’s cousin, oh plus rewrap one eye on my phillipson tc76


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Post 30 Nov 2021, 10:44 • #23 
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Payne 101 bamboo rod blank from mark Fitch. 7’6” 4/5wt. Finishing out the bottom section then moving on to the top. Check it out!









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Post 30 Nov 2021, 12:33 • #24 
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Looking good!


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Post 30 Nov 2021, 13:05 • #25 
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Wow! Lotsa action.

The dback graphites are legendary! Long time forum members will recall RFMcDougal, who worked for a spell at dback in VT.

Love the Payne project... been itching for a 100 taper myself.

But, wha! Neither of these are glass. LOL!


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