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  1. #1
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    Some New Rod Builds

    Here are some rods I'm currently working on. One is a catfish rod build on an American Tackle bushido blank, and the other is my person "Joker" rod that I am building on a Castaway BB1. I've also attached a reel seat I did.

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  2. #2
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    Rod repair

    Not sure if this is a good place but I'll ask my question anyway. You have an intimate knowledge of rod building. :-) I have a Team Diawa Power Mesh (carbon?) rod that is broken about a foot from the tip. What Iíve found online are instructions to saw the butt portion down to where the tip will fit into the hollow section, epoxy, use thread to wrap the connection, then epoxy it and let dry. If I do it this way then I think Iíll lose about 10-12Ē of rod in order to get the 2 pieces to fit together.

    I was hoping to use a ferrule of some sort but I can't find any that small. If I did cut it down, how do you fill the gap between the sections before you do the wrap? Epoxy?

    I appreciate any help.

    Thanks
    Rich

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    Cool

    Great looking reel seat and rods.Many years back, pre carbon, I built my own rods and had a great time doing it. It's an art to making wrap designs. There use to be a Rod Builders Guild active. Great work, I appreciate your work.Thanks for sharing.

  4. #4
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    Usually where your rod is broken it can not be fixed. It will change the action of the rod and that is where all the stress is when fighting a fish.

  5. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by richw46 View Post
    Not sure if this is a good place but I'll ask my question anyway. You have an intimate knowledge of rod building. :-) I have a Team Diawa Power Mesh (carbon?) rod that is broken about a foot from the tip. What Iíve found online are instructions to saw the butt portion down to where the tip will fit into the hollow section, epoxy, use thread to wrap the connection, then epoxy it and let dry. If I do it this way then I think Iíll lose about 10-12Ē of rod in order to get the 2 pieces to fit together.

    I was hoping to use a ferrule of some sort but I can't find any that small. If I did cut it down, how do you fill the gap between the sections before you do the wrap? Epoxy?

    I appreciate any help.

    Thanks
    Rich
    Ryan/ZX150 is right. Where your rod is broken, it will be difficult to fix, and if fixed, it will not be the same. Your best bet is to just put a tip on where it broke and use it if you can. Anytime you break near the tip, it's not going to be the same rod fixed. It requires a fiberglass inner sleeve and an outer sleeve. That is a lot a weight near the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsm View Post
    Great looking reel seat and rods.Many years back, pre carbon, I built my own rods and had a great time doing it. It's an art to making wrap designs. There use to be a Rod Builders Guild active. Great work, I appreciate your work.Thanks for sharing.
    Thank you. The designs on the grip / reel seat are something I came up with. It is called a Mad-Swirl after my daughter Maddie. I don't think the Guild is as active as it once was, but they are making a good comeback now. I started building in 2009, and built my first rod in ZX150's basement so I haven't been building super long.

    Building rods is definitely enjoyable. There is just something about catching a fish on a rod that you built.

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