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Post 27 Sep 2023, 12:53 • #1 
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Its been about 10 years since I last built a rod but recently I just had to find a shorter 10 wt option than my other fiberglass rods so I finally ordered a new kit (thanks to Clarkmans killer posts). Unfortunately its a little late for me to try for tigers so maybe some pike in the next month or 2. This was the first time I have ever used silk thread, or thinned epoxy. I found it more difficult winding on silk verses larger diameter nylon I have been used to. I thinned my epoxy with 99% isopropyl alcohol to soak thru the silk (on the first coat) and after the second coat was pleased with the transparent result. Unfortunately I was a bit sloppy with my application of epoxy and impatient with my thread wrapping but since it became clear I wasnt bothered with the gaps I left in the thread. Overall I am pleased with my mediocre effort. Cant wait to get this out on the water and not get too much aluminum boat rash on it right away.



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Post 27 Sep 2023, 14:27 • #2 
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Looks good to me!


How long would it say it took you from start to finish (excluding dry times)? I’ve thought about buying one of these.


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Post 27 Sep 2023, 15:23 • #3 
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GunpowderGlass wrote:
Looks good to me!


How long would it say it took you from start to finish (excluding dry times)? I’ve thought about buying one of these.


I have some experience building rods which helps (ive build around 25 between 1984 and 2010 or so). I do not have any rod assembly fixture/stand (i bult one in 1984 but tossed it years ago). I just used a fly tying bobbin and wrapped the guides in my lap but I would say it took around 5 hrs of accumulated time to do the handle and guides, just a guess?


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Post 27 Sep 2023, 17:21 • #4 
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Looks just fine to me. I’ve built a 3 and 4 weight with the Epic kits and love them.


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Post 28 Sep 2023, 00:24 • #5 
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Mike ,
That looks freakin awesome :eek
Love that you see the snake belly thru the wrap
A+ on the build ;)


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Post 28 Sep 2023, 20:54 • #6 
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I like your style, dude. I’m a fan of the minimalist aesthetic - looks good on the dark blue Epic blank.


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Post 28 Sep 2023, 21:53 • #7 
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Thanks guys for the complements


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Post 28 Sep 2023, 23:49 • #8 
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That’s a real nice looking build. The thread color compliments the blanks and the finish on the wraps looks great nice and clean!!!


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Post 30 Sep 2023, 10:30 • #9 
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This is excellent. I love a minimalist style. It's really hard to execute a more elaborate rod build well. Some can do it, like Shane Gray. But there is something really beautiful about the clean, elegant look you've got here.


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Post 30 Sep 2023, 21:35 • #10 
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I've struggled to get my clear wraps truly clear, I'll try that thinning bit on my next rod.


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Post 24 Nov 2023, 20:35 • #11 
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Roughly what percentage did you thin the epoxy?


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Post 25 Nov 2023, 10:27 • #12 
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mcswny wrote:
Roughly what percentage did you thin the epoxy?


1/3 99% isopropyl alcohol


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Post 25 Nov 2023, 12:00 • #13 
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Thank you!!


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Post 25 Nov 2023, 15:51 • #14 
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love the minimalistic approach!


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