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    Default Re: Has Anyone Built on a Taniwha Nano-Helix Blank?

    Many thanks, Simon. I've often called myself an imperfect perfectionist so Stage 4 may take some time!

    What I'm excited by is the prospect of applying what I've learnt to the next rod, a clean sheet so to speak. I was happy with the finish on the 'practice rod' which I gave to the lad, It's very, very soft and slow so should be good to learn on - but not something I'd fish by choice myself. I feel I've pulled this one back but I know there are a few tiny scratches to the rod varnish and some eyes are a tad uneven still - often from not risking sanding close to the edges and scratching more of the blank. I won't ever make the mistake of over applying again, I'm sure.

    Edit: Blank Weight = 1 1/2 oz. Rod Weight = 2 7/8 oz.


    I happened upon this rather charming, Winston Rod Co. film from 1996 the other day. It's worth the full half hour but if you skip to 22 mins 30 secs there's a scene of a woman writing the details onto the blank. She's a genius!

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    Default Re: Has Anyone Built on a Taniwha Nano-Helix Blank?

    I took this rod out in a boat on L. Watten today, the first outing we've had together. It was paired with a Tioga 6 reel and a Lee Wulff TT #3 which it cast nicely. I didn't test for distance but it put out a 15-20 yd cast with lightness and accuracy. Whilst the rod is beautifully crisp and light in the hand I think I should have used a heavier reel seat for balance as, even with the chunky, old Tioga, it is a wee bit tip-heavy.

    Regrettably, none of us caught fish - I came closest, lifting off the water with the fly being pursued by a pounder launching itself like a Trident missile.

    I mentioned above that I might re-work a 1994 Alan Riddell 'Sea Trout Special, a 11' 3'' unrated s-hander too heavy for me to use. It's built on a 2nd Gen Fenwick HMG blank. I'm rebuilding the butt section into a d-hander and took it out for a trial yesterday, hooking and landing a stale but strong 15 lb salmon which took me to the backing on an upstream run and fought hard to the net.
    It'll be a useful rod when finished. I can s-hand it when needed but a d-hand overhead cast is much easier and it Spey cast very sweetly, too. By modern standards it's both incredibly slow and deep-flexing but I rather enjoyed that - and it certainly made playing the fish different from my more modern Spey rods .... more bass notes, less treble, if that makes any sense to others?
    One issue is that the top rings are too small to comfortably shoot my only #8 Spey, a Barrio Switch, as I guess it was designed for a WF 7/8/9. I either find more suitable line or re-ring the whole rod.
    Anyway, I'm delighted that my instincts were correct and that it is, for me, a better two-hander than one, and to have christened it on it's first outing with a fine sporting fish.

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