Recent content by bonito

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    Rod builder Glasgow

    Sorry, not taking anymore on, time to hang up the tools. Age and health issues have caught up.
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    Cane rod reconditioning

    Personal opinion only but not worth the extra. I`m talking from practical experience having undertaken no fancy tests. The GG stands up to some serious punishment on heavy salt rods. It also sands absolutely fine and clean for corks if you plan the build properly to eliminate mess.
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    Cane rod reconditioning

    You are welcome, you said no place in rod building period, you did not specify cane rods or English rivers. A lot of call for cork handles / grips on cane rods and English rivers and GG for cork is second only to Plus 8.
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    Cane rod reconditioning

    Why would it have no place ? Possibly not in your world of rod building but it most certainly has a place. I`ve built tens of dozens of shark, marlin and tuna rods and every single grip is on with Gorilla glue, none have caused any problems. It also makes a quality job for cork in the...
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    BLOKE RODS

    He is on the Deveron until weekend, back running Monday. Where he is has crap reception.
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    rod blanks from outside uk

    Built around 90 in the last 4-5years for UK tuna and Irish
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    rod blanks from outside uk

    Have done, full time, for 50 years+, tuna, shark, marlin, sailfish etc. as well as trout and salmon.
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    rod blanks from outside uk

    Marine alloy, water jet cut from solid block, German BB`s, recessed roller, made Italy, none in the world to beat them although Winthrop come close.
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    rod blanks from outside uk

    I`ve been buying from Europe for many years, Germany, Italy and Bulgaria. They always charged VAT with the order at their rate, Italy for example was 22% and charged on top of carriage. Most recent order was 4 sets of guides from Italy, £998.00 (inc cariiage) 4 weeks back. No VAT was charged...
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    8'6" #3 blank - any ideas

    You could try BFC in Bulgaria. I`ve bought lots of blanks off them, good quality and easy to deal with. If you don`t see it on their site e mail them, they reply quick in English. https://www.bfcflyfishing.com/en/
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    Writing on a blank

    there you go Ink Pens - Rod Building Consumables - Rod Building Consumables
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    New Hobby

    Dave it`s not more difficult than any other rod it is simply very light and fragile to start with, nothing else. The tip will be around the thickness of 30lb mono and you have to handle it. Merely thinking for your first attempt that`s all. Fly tying skills will help no doubt, especially in...
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    New Hobby

    You might struggle to find that size of blank in UK. Mick at Bloke may have something, your other alternative is NEXT tackle on e bay, blanks come from Bulgaria (BFC) Bulgaria Fly Co. I built 6 of their nymph rods last winter and a couple frm Mick, not a thing wrong with them, made far East...
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    New Hobby

    If you give a hint as to which rod you want to build it is simple to point you to exactly where to get things. I`m assuming a not too expensive fly rod for your first go. You are looking at a blank, reel seat, cork grip (maybe short rear butt) set of guides and thread as the components. In...
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    First build completed

    Nice job indeed, well done on your first build, it becomes addictive
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