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by Mattman
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: Replacing a reel seat
Replies: 13
Views: 407

Re: Replacing a reel seat

I would use the fiberglass mesh self-adhesive drywall tape. It works excellent, holds itself in place better and is porous. The epoxy gets all around it and still leaves plenty of blank surface area to bond to, as well. Not to mention, its not adversely affected by water like masking tape is. X2!!!...
by Mattman
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: Replacing a reel seat
Replies: 13
Views: 407

Re: Replacing a reel seat

I would use the fiberglass mesh self-adhesive drywall tape. It works excellent, holds itself in place better and is porous. The epoxy gets all around it and still leaves plenty of blank surface area to bond to, as well. Not to mention, its not adversely affected by water like masking tape is. X2!!!!!
by Mattman
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: Replacing a reel seat
Replies: 13
Views: 407

Re: Replacing a reel seat

As long as the butt diameter is small enough that the seat can go on from the rear, yes you can do that. Your desired seat has to have an ID large enough to get past the butt.
by Mattman
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: Under wraps
Replies: 7
Views: 475

Re: Under wraps

mobass11652 wrote:The only freshwater rod I have seen hem on was a very early G Loomis, GLX.... Have never seen any others though


I seem to recall that some of the very first GLX's available to custom builders required an underwrap to maintain a warranty on the blank. Those early GLX's were fragile blanks.
by Mattman
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: Under wraps
Replies: 7
Views: 475

Re: Under wraps

I've only worked on one rod with them. And it was a saltwater rod.

For freshwater rods, they are completely unnecessary. I don't even do them on Muskie sticks.

For a bass stick that you're trying to keep light, it certainly seems very counterproductive.
by Mattman
Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: What size guides on a swimbait rod?
Replies: 6
Views: 241

Re: What size guides on a swimbait rod?

It depends on if you plan to throw braid-to-flouro/mono leaders at any point. Couldn't agree more. Guide size is very dependent on your line and/or connection knots, leaders, swivels, etc. Some people tend to believe the bigger the rod, the bigger the guides. That isn't the case. Its about line man...
by Mattman
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: Balancing pre-existing rods
Replies: 9
Views: 429

Re: Balancing pre-existing rods

ss30378 wrote:Matt do you happen to know the diameter of the matagi balancers?


1.063"
27mm
by Mattman
Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: Balancing pre-existing rods
Replies: 9
Views: 429

Re: Balancing pre-existing rods

I've used Matagi's screw on balancers a number of times as upgrades to factory rods. Looks good and you can adjust your own weight as you see fit.

I have a mold for pouring my own weights for placing inside a blank. I use those weights frequently.
by Mattman
Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: ultralight casting rod guide placement
Replies: 19
Views: 715

Re: ultralight casting rod guide placement

So im working on a really lightweight ultralight blank. planning on using the airwave guides. The only problem im running into is that im going to end up with close to 10 guides on a 6'8" rod. Im going to do a spiral wrap as well since that seemed to help keep the line off the blank. Any sugge...
by Mattman
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: Glue for butt caps
Replies: 3
Views: 271

Re: Glue for butt caps

Plenty of builders use straight up Devcon epoxy that can be found in any hardware store. No need for any specialized epoxy here. Plenty of other brands besides Devcon as well.
by Mattman
Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: for Mattman writing on blanks
Replies: 4
Views: 1530

Re: for Mattman writing on blanks

Staedtler Marsmatic technical fountain pen
by Mattman
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: NFC pricing
Replies: 36
Views: 4724

Re: NFC pricing

The reason the Xrays are cheaper is they are trying to get a good roll out with a minimum of designs in production. Not to mention their financial difficulties. Dropping all their distributors in favor on one distributor. And then undercutting the distributors by selling direct to the public at who...
by Mattman
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: Point blank measurement chart
Replies: 8
Views: 1511

Re: Point blank measurement chart

I've not seen one
by Mattman
Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: Help making a 2 piece rod
Replies: 3
Views: 1174

Re: Help making a 2 piece rod

Would the same rule apply if it's at the butt of the blank? I've not messed around with "pushing the envelope" at all. So, I don't know how short you could get away with. But, down at the butt, you could certainly go longer. There really isn't any flex to be concerned about. So going long...
by Mattman
Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: Help making a 2 piece rod
Replies: 3
Views: 1174

Re: Help making a 2 piece rod

ccass wrote:
How long does the male piece go into the blank?


I'm not at all familiar with the rod but my rule of thumb for ferrule construction is the overlap should be 6 times the diameter of the blank at the connection.

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