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    GeordieCarl Guest

    Default St Croix Blanks

    I`m looking at building my own 10ft #8 Rod.

    Done some research as to whats required...

    can people give me what bits of advice they have please.

    http://www.jsflyfishing.com/cgi-bin/...BL-023504-A008

    This will be my base for my project.

    Advice on reel seats, guides, threads would be appreciated.

    Many Thanks
    Carl

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    Go to Hook and Hackle and get the same for less

    http://www.mailordercentral.com/hook...number=S5F1084

    You also get 20% discount for buying online on everything else.

    http://www.mailordercentral.com/hook...nts.asp?dept=4

    The fittings depend on your own taste but I would go with a bamboo burl full wells handle, a struble uplocking reel seat with your choice of wood insert and a set of the sic guides all from H&H, but that's MY taste and the whole point of building a rod is that it should suit you.
    If you want more detail send me a PM

    BTW get them to put one of these in the parcel
    I have one and love it

    http://www.mailordercentral.com/hook...s.asp?dept=714

    I should point out that I have no connection with this company other than as a very satisfied repeat customer. I just bought a Cortland Sylk line from them. 50 quid here, 20 quid there
    Last edited by Sportsman; 24-04-2007 at 01:27 PM.

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    Default Reel Seats etc

    To go with your excellent choice of blank you might want to try one of these.

    http://www.reelseats.com/catalog/ind...d904d2cd02d262

    or even try something like this

    http://www.insertbyles.com/

    I have had two done by Les with antler inserts and they always attract attention. Excellent service and good prices.

    For thread use Gudebrod A size in the colour of your choice, nothing else will do.
    For finish I like Andy Lamarrs Threadmaster.

    Lots of info here.

    http://www.rodbuilding.org/list.php?2

    Try looking at some of the websites on the left for inspiration for you next build 'cos once you start it is awful hard to stop
    Dave

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    GeordieCarl Guest

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    Hi sportsman,

    I cannot thank you enough for your help. Ive decided to go with the cheaper St Croix Blank @ 10ft #8.

    Struble Full Wells Handle

    Sic Guides

    Sic Tip Topper 5.5mm, think this is suitable?

    Havent decided on a reel seat yet as i`m not 100% sure on what is required as ive seen a few nice ones but with different "bores".

    Does it matter?

    Cheers
    Carl

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    GeordieCarl Guest

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    I like the look of Les` seats/handles.

    Ive never heard of St Croix BTW, is there a better choice around or am I making a good choice, I just dont want to pay 600 notes for another 10ft Loomis.

    Cheers
    Carl

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    jan Guest

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    you will want a larger tip eye than 5.5mm - the opening on an eye that size will only be about 3mm - 6 or 7 mm is a beter choice for a lined tip ring imo

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    Agree with Jan, I would go with a larger tip ring.

    The SCV is sold as the legend elite in its finished form. Not too much info or reviews. I found this one.

    http://hipwader.com/2006/stcroix-leg...fly-rod-review

    I would be very interested in your experience with the blank as it is one I haven't built on. I have used the SCIII and SCIV and love both of them.
    Hook and Hackle do some good SCIV kits to build.

    I think that you will like it as much as a 600 pound rod.

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    GeordieCarl Guest

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    Thanks for the advice lads, gonna go for this if it all fits that is...LOL

    Blank: St Croix 10ft #8 SCV
    Handle: Struble Full Wells
    Guides: SIC guide set 10'
    Tip Top: SIC Titanium Finish 6.5mm
    Reel Seat: Struble U8 & D8 Uplock Nickel/Silver, not sure on this as the description of it didnt give internal dimensions for it.

    Is a fighting but required and or a personal choice...

    Butt Dia for the Blank is 0.41"
    Tip Size is 4.
    Weight 2.5oz

    Ive done what reading I can, can anyone point out any fatal obvious novice mistakes?

    Should cost 312 Dollars then add delivery on top..

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    All looks good.
    You will need a winding check (trim to finish the top of the handle) and a hook keeper, if you want one. If you have decided on thread colour I would order that as well. Get two or three around the colour you want so that you can try them out. I do a couple of test whippings on the blank where the handle is going to go.
    I wrapped my first few rods on my lap with the thread in a fly tying bobbin holder. Now I have a simple jig which makes life much easier. Worth it if you intend to do a few rods (bet you do )
    The other things I find most useful are single edged razor blades for cutting thread (99p for 5 from the local chemist) and a thread packing / burnishing tool.
    Have fun
    Dave

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    I'd recommend that you order the handle in-letted to accept the reel seat. It's easier than fiddling about with an electric drill or lathe - and not as risky either.
    Also you'll need a rod turning motor for the final stages. Almost essential if you're using an epoxy two part finish.
    The Stonefly/Lureflash fly drying one works OK, but it's very easy to make your own using a microwave turntable motor and some MDF.
    Of course there's always the all-singing all-dancing Flex Coat wrapping/varnishing bench - at something about equal to the cost of the rod.

    For securing the rod rings prior to whipping, the orthodontic rubber bands are pretty good. Masking tape works but is fiddly; electricians's type tape is secure but not recommended as it can leave traces of the adhesive on the blank which can interfere with the finish if it gets on the whipping, and hot melt glue is a bit messy as well.
    Cheers
    Ian D

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