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    Default XP Build, nearly done!!

    Hi All
    Well I hope this works, I'm trying to upload a few snaps of my recent build a Sage XP 796 2 piece, Yes 2 piece, which I much prefere to the 4.

    The build should cleary show the results with Gudebrod's 340 A gold thread, which is what Sage uses on the XPs.

    The Lacquer is Gibbs which I've used for about 15 years, I have used every 2 pack which has come into the UK but I go back to Gibbs, for me "it is the best" bar none.



    Bored out with a std 20mm sparkys hole cutter, then cleaned up with a dremmel clone.



    Fighting butt being glued





    Whipping





    Now the lacquer.








    hope it works, very difficult so show the completed rod.

    Regards V....

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    I should have said, to get the Sage look DO NOT use colour preserver or NCP type thread, any brush used should be short and stiffish (no jokes please), this will allow the lacquer to be worked well into the thread.

    Your building room needs to be hot, this will also aid the lacquering process.

    Regs Viking..

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    that is looking very fine indeed.

    RK

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    Viking,
    Very nice job. Never heard of Gibbs but looks a superb finish. Neat stand as well.
    Congrats
    Bob
    "If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is" - Wordsworth (Quilled on his day off)

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    Do you have any pictures on fitting the reel seat to the blank?
    a fisherman who has completed his mortal time discovers he has actually gone to hell when condemned for eternity to fish for one species in one stretch of river.

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    Thanks guys!, I'm really happy with the rod, although I always think I can do better.

    The build took about 6 hours in total, but as normal spread over a 5 day period.

    I'm sorry no pics of the actual handle being fitted, but it was very easy (and this was my first fly rod), I used 3 X 5/8" masking tape rings to build up the blank, iirc leaving about 3/4" between each run of tape. (tape cut by hand, I could only find 1" wide tape).

    Start and finish the tape at the same point on the blank, mark the start point with tipex, I used the old style regular araldite (slow setting) which allows hours of movement if needed, I attached my fly reel to aid alignment.
    On Sage rods the badge is always 90 degrees to the reel making things easy to set up, I used Sage's 2 white dots for ringing which Sage mark up at the factory, i did test for the spine, but it was not easy to find, so I went with the dots (Great blank!!!), the dots can be removed with a quick wipe of acytone then washed quickly in fresh water.

    When I bored the 20mm cut out in the cork handle I reversed the very slow drill for the first 1/8" of the cut, as to limit the "possible" damage, the seat is a U15 with a 13mm bore, the blank measured either side of 10mm, so 3mm of masking tape was required.



    iirc made in Canada, it lasts for years, this pair have done at least 5 or 6 rods and still plenty left for an other 8 - 10, I think the last gibbs I purchased came from one of the Beach outfits, Veals, Gerry's etc.


    hope that helps Regs V...
    Last edited by Viking; 29-11-2007 at 03:14 PM.

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    Cheers Bob


    Ali and timber bits cut and shaped by hand, wheels, drill chuck and microwave motor from e-bay, total cost about 22.

    Regards Viking

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    Viking,
    Thanks for sharing the picture of the stand, neat job. For a moment I thought you had drilled through the table
    For a first attempt, I did a 490-4 XP last winter & my experience with the spine & dots was the same as yours.
    I was lucky on the position of the reel seat to the badge as I copied a factory XP. Despite my doing a lot of homework, your comment is the first time I have seem this mentioned.
    Thanks for the info on Gibbs.
    Bob
    Last edited by Bob G; 29-11-2007 at 10:26 AM.
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    Well done thats a fantastic Job you will be itching to fish with it no doubt!

    very tight lines
    graylinghunter

    I love the rod wrapping rig as well
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    It is not too clear from the photos but is the fighting butt glued to the blank or just to the reel seat? If the latter then I suspect that it is not going to last very long.

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