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  1. #31
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    Default Re: My First Build: A FlyLogic FLO908/3

    Ah! The Rod-Building Shed first! Good idea!

    I bought my seat from bcrods on eBay (link above), offering £17.10, but then found it here for E9.00, on a Portuguese site, shipped from China or for $13.65 from AliExpress. No idea about p&p with either, though.

    It's the 'Riverruns Classic Design Fly Rod Reel Seat Matt Brown Finish Aluminum Reel Seat' aka FRS-B1 MBR (matt brown finish).

    The burl inset is nice enough but there are flaws hidden just under the metal. Not having a choice on specific inserts is the price of going cheap, of course. You get what you're given. bcrods have the ''yellow brown'' insert which is close to maple burr if it isn't actually that.
    If I've one concern it is how well the finish will stand up to usual use and whether it will scratch easily.

    Just noticed that last AliExpress link has all the internal diameter specs. Nice! Thanks for asking, Jonty!

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    Default Re: My First Build: A FlyLogic FLO908/3

    My First Build: A FlyLogic FLO908/3-p1000740-jpgtrying to post this Pic of my rod easker1

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    Default My First Build: A FlyLogic FLO908/3

    Quote Originally Posted by easker1 View Post
    My First Build: A FlyLogic FLO908/3-p1000740-jpgtrying to post this Pic of my rod easker1
    Come on give us the full rundown and Some close ups..

    J.

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    Default Re: My First Build: A FlyLogic FLO908/3

    the Cork handle and reel seat salvaged from a broken rod( I do repairs locally) the blanks came from Sweden called Blackmaster, stainless snakes, and I used roddancer Polyurethane varnish, not sure My camera is any use for close ups, used a white pen for my initials and wt, easker1

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    Default Re: My First Build: A FlyLogic FLO908/3

    Well done, easker1! Have a look on your camera for a wee flower logo as an option - 'macro', and put some more peat on the fire so you're not shivering.

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    Default Re: My First Build: A FlyLogic FLO908/3

    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis Chessman View Post
    Well done, easker1! Have a look on your camera for a wee flower logo as an option - 'macro', and put some more peat on the fire so you're not shivering.
    All gas here bloody Expensive Calor, easker1

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    Default Re: My First Build: A FlyLogic FLO908/3

    One gets a real sense of satisfaction when one catches a fish on a self tied fly.

    Must be even more satisfying on a self made rod.

    Might have to give this a go guys. Will follow your exploits for tips first.

    Regards

    Graham
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  8. #38
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    Default Re: My First Build: A FlyLogic FLO908/3

    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis Chessman View Post
    Ah! The Rod-Building Shed first! Good idea!
    Not to mention the 100 litre real ale brewery and deer chiller..... It's going to be quite a shed!

  9. #39
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    Default Re: My First Build: A FlyLogic FLO908/3

    A few questions, Maestros, if I may?

    I'm making my own rod winder in true Hebridean fashion, i.e. from driftwood and whalebone salvaged from the shore.
    Well, scraps I have lying around, in truth.

    Am I correct to think that I need only make one of the rests movable? The other can be fixed, can't it?

    Is it necessary to make the bobbin holder movable?
    If it can be fixed is centre best, or to one side (bear in mind I'm left handed if that makes any difference)?

    I took a look at the rod I intend to practice on today. I picked it up on eBay a decade ago for £30 or so.
    It's a 2 pc., 9 ft., #4/5 c-f with what looks like home-applied decals reading: 'Ficher' and 'Gert Nilsmark' in poorly-aligned gold text, along with weight and line # details. I'll post pics tomorrow.
    It has tiny single-leg Fuji eyes throughout - the 'stripping ring' has a i.d. of only 4 mm (circa) - then they get smaller!
    I have cast it with a #5 and felt that the eyes were inhibiting the cast, just too narrow, so they need to go.

    It has a gnarly cork handle and a fair but unremarkable black anodised Varmac reel seat (that might date it?). I'm tempted to strip it down completely and do a full practice run with 'economical' hardware.

    I could use the original spacings but I'm not sure I trust Gert that much. He's a tidy whipper, though, I'll give him that.
    Is there a handy web-page which gives advice on eye sizes and spacings for different rod lengths/weight? Perhaps one needs to know the actual blank for that?
    If not, I'll stick with Gert but how would one choose the eye sizes to best suit a rod?
    I'm thinking English snakes to start as I want the practice from two tyings per ring rather than replace with bigger single legs.
    However, as the current legs are singles the snakes will sit differently and the blank is varnished - I'll have to strip it all down if I want a uniform finish, won't I?

    Thanks for your thoughts.

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    Default Re: My First Build: A FlyLogic FLO908/3

    Guide spacing software from the late great Dale Clemens.

    Guide Spacing Calculator

    Remember, all these software calculators are only to get the guides close to where they belong. Tape them on where suggested then move them about until you're happy with the curve. David Norwich told me that if it looks right it is either correct or very close.

    Simon.
    Last edited by splinters; 13-03-2018 at 05:47 PM.
    "There are a thousand ways to make a fishing rod....most of them are right:- R.L. Nunley.

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