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    Default I have Just finished the z-axis rod build picture upload


    One of the finished snakes

    Take a look at the whole project on the my web site.
    Thanks to silverstoat and bloke for tips and advice.
    I am very chuffed with the outcome.
    i will have to play with another kit soon.
    perhaps not a sage but a batson or other just to compare.
    tight lines
    Phil
    Last edited by graylinghunter; 29-09-2007 at 01:48 PM.
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    Nice work Graylinghunter,

    Your website inspires me to have a go myself. I am hankering after a St Croix SCIV blank from Hook & Hackle. After reading your comments I am tempted to also get a bottom end spec blank to do a trial run.

    Many thanks to all the guys who share their good and bad experiences, thats what makes this forum so valuable.

    Tight lines, I hope you land the grayling of a lifetime.

    mikec

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    How did you remove the white spots on the spine with out marking the blank ?
    Middy

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    I didn't they are still in situ I just put a drop of epoxy over them to make them a feature. The others are under the female raps so they don't matter the job looks as good a factory sage.
    Knowledge is Power

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    Nice job Graylinghunter............just wait for the buzz when you take your first fish on it........it's always that bit more rewarding on a self build.......and probably explains why I keep convincing myself that I need to build yet another

    I like the idea of making the white spots a feature, I guess you can use them to align the rod when assembling it, rather than sighting along the guides?

    Though in the past when I have made up Sage blanks, I have just used expoxy solvent or brush cleaner like http://www.u-40.com/brushcleaner.html to remove the white spots - just came off at a wipe with a soaked soft cloth.

    Cheers,
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    Bill.

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    You didn't feel like packing the threads then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogtanian
    You didn't feel like packing the threads then?
    ?
    Compared to my factory built xp and custom z-axis built for me before i stared this project threads are as tight if not a little tidier than both of the above. The epoxy has made the threads semi transparent so that may explain why you think it needed packing up I assume. I have also had the pleasure of a couple of hardy orvis thomas Winston rods passing through my hands. This is as well finished as any fly rod i have used. I also looked at a factory finished z-axis in Preston at Ted Carters the threads where semi transparent on that build as well.

    The reason i built this myself was mcneese custom rod builder of usa took well over 5 months to send it to me after paying for it I am not going down that road again. It took me about 3 days 1st build not including practice work or building the jig
    By the way Mcneese also left the dots on the custom rod he built for me.
    I am sure anyone as long as they take a little time and practice on an old shaft will produce a good result as long as they don't rush. or mess around to long with mixed epoxy that starting to go off.
    I am looking to catching my first large 2lbs plus fish on it in a couple of weeks. I did have a couple of 8oz-12 fish on this build before the weekend between re coating the butt section after the slight accident with the epoxy getting marked when it fell off the rig whilst still tacky.
    But the salmon are in and its time to haul the spey rod out of its corner in the morning.
    go on have a go at building one. All i can say is i am happy with the end result.
    I would love to know what the baton rx8+ blanks compare to the z-axis or may build a 3-5wt for small stream grayling and trout work as 9, can be a little bit of a pain in bush conditions
    I am as happy as a tornado in a trailer park with my build
    tight lines all
    Phil
    Last edited by graylinghunter; 03-10-2007 at 08:07 AM.
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    Graylinghunter,
    I know what you're saying about the finish on Sage rods absolutely **** IMO! BTW what thread did you use as it looks very err 'woolly'?

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    Default gudebrod olive green.

    gudebrod a 1892 nylon #521 olive green
    to be honest the sage rods are as well finished if not a little better than the orvis tridents tl3 and the Bruce and walker I have in the house at the moment. I have not got a hardy handy to look at today but from what I have read they are aledgidly built in the far east anyway or the majority of big brands are.
    I will try to take another shot of the same rap in natural light without the flash.
    I am personally very happy with the end result and my fishing mentor DB is looking for me to build him one in the new year so if its passed the DB test it should please the majority of the fishing community.
    if you are thinking of a self build all i can say is give it a go. I will also post another picture of the thread applied on the blank before epoxy.
    tight lines
    Phil
    Last edited by graylinghunter; 08-10-2007 at 01:43 PM.
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    Very nice looking rod indeed.

    B.R.

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