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  1. Lewis Chessman

    My first build, Bloke XGNP 10ft 7wt

    I built one of these Tac Switch blanks, an 11 ft #6/7 as a single handed loch rod over winter (thread link here). It works very nicely as both a loch and s-h Switch with a Barrio #6/7 Switch line and landed a 10 1/2 lb salmon for a guest last month. Total build weight was a smidge over 5 oz...
  2. Lewis Chessman

    My first build, Bloke XGNP 10ft 7wt

    What's your budget for the 11 fter?
  3. Lewis Chessman

    My first build, Bloke XGNP 10ft 7wt

    Congratulations, it looks terrific. If it fishes just as nicely you'll be a very happy man. :) Let us know what you think of it as a casting tool and in the fight, please.
  4. Lewis Chessman

    A Custom-Built Bloke XL50, 11 ft #6/7 4 pc. Switch.

    Time to show a rod that's rather special to me. :) This one started off as an exchange build, that is, a friend asked me to build a rod in exchange for two of his Vision Tanks, a reel I've always liked the look of. He'd buy the bits, I'd build the rod was the deal. But then he discovered...
  5. Lewis Chessman

    2020 Euros

    Aye, I know! Whatever happens I'm on a loosing wicket, so to speak. ;)
  6. Lewis Chessman

    2020 Euros

    I haven't followed footy for about ten years now, other than watching the big comp. matches. This is the first where I'd only heard of a handful of England players! I was impressed by Phillips and Foden in particular, Ming and Trippier looked handy and Bellingham made a lively late start. Other...
  7. Lewis Chessman

    Maxima Sharktooth Tippet Band

    Hi, Jon, that's very kind of you! If you're sure you can part with it then great, thanks. I usually only carry 15 lbs & 12, or 12 lbs and 10 with me so a second would be ideal. I find them a nice little time-saver for my guests as they're less faffy than nippers when knocking up a new leader...
  8. Lewis Chessman

    Maxima Sharktooth Tippet Band

    Thanks for looking, Ged. I was given one by a guest some time ago and think they're an excellent gizmo, but know it won't last forever so fancied getting a few more. Maybe I'll have to ask a friend in the States to send a few over! :)
  9. Lewis Chessman

    Maxima Sharktooth Tippet Band

    I've been looking for a UK supplier of these tippet cutters/tenders and have drawn a blank. If anyone knows of any shop selling them I'd be much obliged for a link. Thanks, James.
  10. Lewis Chessman

    A study made

    Hi, Gary, I'd be interested to know what model Loomis your b-i-l is fishing. The fact that he got it cheap because it was broken doesn't undermine the fact that Loomis made and make fine fly rods - and not particularly cheap ones at that! It sounds to me that he was very lucky to pick up a...
  11. Lewis Chessman

    Would you do anything about this?

    Check your reel's foot, it may be a blemish or proud screw head there which has cause the scratch and may do so again. I'd look for a metallic silver pen and give the mark a dab with that if it really worries you but, tbh, it's a scar of war. Wear it with pride. ;)
  12. Lewis Chessman

    Good tackle/equipment for older men

    Hi, Cass, welcome to the forum. My first thought is of a back support belt. Though you don't mention lumbar pains it's an issue many fly fishermen suffer from. If the shoulder is due to arthritis you might try a tube of Flexiseq. I was recommended it by a fellow sufferer for my hip and it does...
  13. Lewis Chessman

    A rough idea..

    The 11' 3" #6 (2 pc) RPL is still a highly desirable loch rod for trout, sea trout or grilse. The factory models weighed in at under 4 oz back in (around) 1987, an amazing weight for such a long rod then and now. I rebuilt a 6113 RPL-B (blank) over winter and mine clocks in at a shade over 4 oz...
  14. Lewis Chessman

    Making a Bogdan copy

    Beautiful fish, Jim, big virtual handshake to you! I know the added pleasure of a fish on my own fly or rod - or both - but on my own reel? I can only dream of that! Congratulations, I hope it's just the first of many. Have you started on any spare spools yet? ;)
  15. Lewis Chessman

    Cadence Fly Rods...

    I've just watched the 45 minute video linked above and rather enjoyed it. No over-intrusive rock soundtrack for a start! :) I was surprised how little Ian and James talked about the rods themselves, it's much more focused on Spey Spring salmon fishing and the nature of the pools in the condition...
  16. Lewis Chessman

    First Rod Build Complete

    You are more than welcome! If it wasn't for similar help from the wise guys on this forum I doubt I'd ever have become so crazy about rod building. So, I'm delighted if you feel I've helped and have paid just a little back into our wonderful forum.
  17. Lewis Chessman

    First Rod Build Complete

    As Simon says, you've done a great job. Congratulations! But I can see what you are saying and since you obviously want to do better, here are my thoughts. 'Rugby balls' are the result of too much epoxy or too thick an application. The remedies are: a) more coats applying less epoxy each time...
  18. Lewis Chessman

    First Rod Build Complete

    Yes, cutting through a finished wrap can happen and is frustrating, no doubt about it. I pull the tag end quite tightly then burnish and pull again. Then, hold the tag end tight, place the razor near-flat next to and behind the tag and pull it against the razor blade, not a razor-to-tag slice...
  19. Lewis Chessman

    Cadence Fly Rods...

    I cast a Switch prototype recently and was absolutely blown away with it. Accuracy with distance and extremely light, too. It's been designed by Ian Gordon and James Robbins. James was responsible for the Shakey Trions and the highly acclaimed revamp of the Oracle double handed range. I...
  20. Lewis Chessman

    First Rod Build Complete

    Did you trim the thread bump with a razor after the first epoxy coating? If you haven't cut the pulled thread closely enough to the wraps you'll get a wee pimple that is best removed before a second coat. Don't be afraid of the IPA. It does help, esp. on the first coat. And don't shy from...
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