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Are you interested in a ISA rod building class? If so, what kind of rod would you build? We are thinking about a two session class with room for 6 or 8 members. Class would be taught at Coren's Rod & Reel with a fee of $50.00 plus cost of rod materials. Please post or pm me with interest or questions, if we can assemble a group soon that new rod could be ready to fish this spring. John

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Are you interested in a ISA rod building class? If so, what kind of rod would you build? We are thinking about a two session class with room for 6 or 8 members. Class would be taught at Coren's Rod & Reel with a fee of $50.00 plus cost of rod materials. Please post or pm me with interest or questions, if we can assemble a group soon that new rod could be ready to fish this spring. John

I'm interested. I was thinking ultralight.

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Interesting, Mark. What lenght? I would like to build an S glass fly rod 5 to 6weight.

 

Not sure. maybe leaning more towards light than ultra light 6 1/2 foot 2 pc maybe. Short handle. 4lb mono, specifically to fit a Daiwa 700 SS.

I'm not for sure whether longer would be better.

Something good for panfish at Mazonia. Enough backbone to handle an occasional LM.

 

That should be a one of a kind fly rod!

 

 

 

 

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Not sure. maybe leaning more towards light than ultra light 6 1/2 foot 2 pc maybe. Short handle. 4lb mono, specifically to fit a Daiwa 700 SS.

I'm not for sure whether longer would be better.

Something good for panfish at Mazonia. Enough backbone to handle an occasional LM.

 

That should be a one of a kind fly rod!

 

 

Mark,

Check out GLoomis selection of rod blanks.

They offer 6-1/2 to 7ft, single and 2pc, rod blanks.

 

GLoomis SR series are the trout and panfish rods. Great for light line angling.

 

I had a 7ft 2pc IMX light action (1-power), made some years back,

and had Euopean High-Foot-Eyes installed---(eliminates line slap).

An awesome rod.

 

You're welcome to review mine or try it out, if you like, before you decide.

 

I had a 7ft UL rod, but it had too much bounce, for most of my casting presentations.

It's good for float fishing, though.

 

A 6-1/2ft UL is the max I've found most suitable for casting purposes.

The SS700 fits perfect, using the slip-rings.

 

Some brands of rod blanks are too soft and whippy.

 

A higher modulus graphite would be better---

like the GLoomis IMX or the St Croix Avid or their tournament series, are my top choices.

 

If you're looking for greater sensitivity, I'd suggest the IMX.

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yes i would be in

 

looking to make a 6'8 spinning rod a odd size for the river ??

 

Steve,

A 6'8" is not at all an odd size.

 

The 6-8 St Croix rod is one of their top sellers---

in the Avid, Tournament and Legend series.

Best all around bass and walleye rod, for a variety of presentations---crankbaits, jigs, grubs, tubes, spinners, topwater, just to name a few.

 

Check out St Croix 6-8 in their MXF action (Med-Xtra-Fast)---

top choice among some avid anglers.

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Mark,

Check out GLoomis selection of rod blanks.

They offer 6-1/2 to 7ft, single and 2pc, rod blanks.

 

GLoomis SR series are the trout and panfish rods. Great for light line angling.

 

I had a 7ft 2pc IMX light action (1-power), made some years back,

and had Euopean High-Foot-Eyes installed---(eliminates line slap).

An awesome rod.

 

You're welcome to review mine or try it out, if you like, before you decide.

 

I had a 7ft UL rod, but it had too much bounce, for most of my casting presentations.

It's good for float fishing, though.

 

A 6-1/2ft UL is the max I've found most suitable for casting purposes.

The SS700 fits perfect, using the slip-rings.

 

Some brands of rod blanks are too soft and whippy.

 

A higher modulus graphite would be better---

like the GLoomis IMX or the St Croix Avid or their tournament series, are my top choices.

 

If you're looking for greater sensitivity, I'd suggest the IMX.

 

 

I'm with ya Ken. For this first rod, I'll probably stay cost effective. Sink more $ into the next one, figuring skills will only improve.

doubtful that I can build one as nice as Loomis or St Croix. The new avids a REALLY sharp. I held a 6 10 ML Avid. Don't think you could make a better river smallie rod. Not sure what I would do different.

 

I strapped for time this days with wee ones at home. I'd love to make it out to your shop but for me it's clear on the other side of the planet and I am totally freaking burned out on driving. If I am in the area, I will certainly stop over.

Thanks.

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Mark,

If you find something you'd like, let me know.

I'm sure I've got something around that would be happy to be in your skillful hands.

 

There are some reasonably priced rod blanks available.

 

The St Croix ML rod is a good river smallies rod, great for light-line angling.

Light action tip section with lots of back-bone.

 

You can build your own rod from a rod blank you like,

Just add single-foot eyes, and handle of your choice.

 

An all cork handle 8-9" long, with gold slip rings and gold eyes, trimmed with black & gold thread wraps

around a black rod blank will look sharp.

The black and gold SS700 will look sweet on that rod.

 

GLoomis has a series of Bronzeback rods that are sweet.

http://products.gloomis.com/gl/products/fa...D=1202429987022

 

I think this is their ultimate smallie rod:

The "SMR822S-SP-GLX" 6-10, 1/8-3/8oz, Med Action (is more like a ML action).

It is so sensative, that I can almost feel the fish staring at the bait.

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I was also highly impressed with the new Falcon Rods. Specifically the Original series. Beautiful rods. No frills, plain Fuji type real seat and a nice cork handle. Just a nice, light graphite rod...at a reasonable price. Well under a $100. And get this...made in the USA! Yes, we are still actually capable of manufacturing something at a reasonable price! I would say side by side these are every bit as nice as the ones made by St Croix overseas.

The 5'9 light really caught my eye.

I got to unload some rods on Ebay.

 

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I was also highly impressed with the new Falcon Rods. Specifically the Original series. Beautiful rods. No frills, plain Fuji type real seat and a nice cork handle. Just a nice, light graphite rod...at a reasonable price. Well under a $100. And get this...made in the USA! Yes, we are still actually capable of manufacturing something at a reasonable price! I would say side by side these are every bit as nice as the ones made by St Croix overseas.

The 5'9 light really caught my eye.

I got to unload some rods on Ebay.

 

Mark,

 

Falcon makes some good rods, as well as Lamiglas (made in the U.S.A.)

 

The St Croix rods made overseas, (Triumph Series 5-6ft models), SRP of $60.

 

Most good rods, on todays market, use Fuji reel seats and guides.

 

There are rods on the market that do not have Fuji components.

Some are just generic "no-name" components, that are grabbed out of an old sour cabbage barrel on the assembly line.

The rod OEM may specify what they want on their rods---

but---

the customer may get a substitute lower grade component, and not know it.

This is very common on big box house-brand products.

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Most good rods, on todays market, use Fuji reel seats and guides.

 

There are rods on the market that do not have Fuji components.

Some are just generic "no-name" components, that are grabbed out of an old sour cabbage barrel on the assembly line.

The rod OEM may specify what they want on their rods---

but---

the customer may get a substitute lower grade component, and not know it.

This is very common on big box house-brand products.

 

If you're going to be building your own rod, take a look at the Batson line of guides and reel seats and those by American Tackle, excellent quality and warranties. Fuji makes a nice product but there are now several out there with greater options and better pricing.

 

http://www.batsonenterprises.com/

 

http://www.americantackle.us/

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