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by Mattman
Mon May 01, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Rods
Topic: Broken Rods who breaks more UPS or USPS
Replies: 9
Views: 1793

Re: Broken Rods who breaks more UPS or USPS

As noted above...proper packaging is the key regardless of carrier. That being said, USPS has delivered to me more broken product than UPS and FedEx combined. UPS is the carrier I use 99% of the time for my shipments. In roughly 400 rods, I've only had 2 damage claims. 1 of those the schedule 40 PVC...
by Mattman
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Rods
Topic: Rod for topwater poppers/jerkbaits?
Replies: 23
Views: 3611

Re: Rod for topwater poppers/jerkbaits?

So medium heavy or medium or can I get away with either or? Mod fast tip or fast tip or could I get away with either or? I see two camps when I build these types of rods... 1 - Guys that like more of a crankbait rod. Moderate action and longer. 2 - Guys that like more of a jig rod. Fast action and ...
by Mattman
Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Rods
Topic: Rod for topwater poppers/jerkbaits?
Replies: 23
Views: 3611

Re: Rod for topwater poppers/jerkbaits?

I fish topwaters and jerkbaits tip down. A 7' rod just doesn't work well. 6'6" is just right for me in my current boat. And, for me, I use the same rod for both topwaters and jerkbaits. I build a fair number of rods for guys that use the rod for both techniques as well. Your belief that you don't ne...
by Mattman
Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Freshwater
Topic: pike and smallmouth fishing
Replies: 22
Views: 6156

Re: pike and smallmouth fishing

Mike and Pike wrote: If you buy leader fluorocarbon , and there is a huge difference between casting fluoro and leader
Excellent point that I neglected to make. Leader material is much different than your standard mainline material.
by Mattman
Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Freshwater
Topic: pike and smallmouth fishing
Replies: 22
Views: 6156

Re: pike and smallmouth fishing

Where I live in Minnesota, I have to be concerned about Pike. Mostly hammer handles. But even those can slice 8 pound mono/flouro before you know what happened. Some lakes are worse than others. While Walleye fishing, its just part of the game. I refuse to run wire because you're not going to catch ...
by Mattman
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: blanks that compare with JDM spinning rods
Replies: 3
Views: 1346

Re: blanks that compare with JDM spinning rods

Unfortunately, I haven't messed around with any JDM UL rods. The Iron Feather is a good UL option. Matagi, out of Japan, has some models. While I haven't built on them yet, T-Russell blanks are very good. CTS has some blanks that I know UL guys are fond of. I've enjoyed NFC's options. Don't overlook...
by Mattman
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: needing advice on NFC HM blanks ASAP
Replies: 11
Views: 1792

Re: needing advice on NFC HM blanks ASAP

Hogsticker2 wrote:Hey Matt. Is this your creation?
Not my creation. I contribute. There are a half a dozen or so of us.
by Mattman
Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: needing advice on NFC HM blanks ASAP
Replies: 11
Views: 1792

Re: needing advice on NFC HM blanks ASAP

For what its worth... The Loomis MB843 is about 570 grams of power and 67° of action. The NFC MB 709 is about 670 grams and 57°. The MB 705 is 390 grams and 64°. The MB783 is 515 grams and 64°. The MB 667 is 520 and 57°. I would much rather add length to a blank and make it faster than cut a blank a...
by Mattman
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Rods
Topic: cork sealer question
Replies: 23
Views: 3474

Re: cork sealer question

U40 Cork Seal and Birchwood Casey Tru Oil gunstock finish are the two go to grip sealers. (Bichwood Casey is a linseed oil based finish commonly used on gunstocks, axe handles, etc.) I've not used the Tru Oil personally, but I know guys that do. It is a linseed oil based product. I do use boiled lin...
by Mattman
Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Rods
Topic: How straight are your G Loomis blanks?
Replies: 20
Views: 3929

Re: How straight are your G Loomis blanks?

but the cork job is the worst I have ever seen. I have 40 year old rods with better cork than this new Loomis. Since Loomis quit selling to custom rod builders, they've certainly become a company I'm not happy with, but... Cork is just one of those things that is on the decline. Yes, your 40 year o...
by Mattman
Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: St Croix 5S70MF
Replies: 11
Views: 1654

Re: St Croix 5S70MF

Tim Kelly wrote:Do rod manufacturers publish this information somewhere?
Wouldn't that make a whole lot of sense?

Only Point Blank publishes RDA data.
by Mattman
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: St Croix 5S70MF
Replies: 11
Views: 1654

Re: St Croix 5S70MF

Tim Kelly wrote: Do you find it useful to judge what a blank may be like?
Useful would be an understatement.

No more guessing. No more wondering if company A's 1/4-3/4 rating is anything like company B's 1/4-3/4 ounce rating. No more wondering which blank is actually faster.
by Mattman
Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Custom Rods
Topic: St Croix 5S70MF
Replies: 11
Views: 1654

Re: St Croix 5S70MF

What does the grams rating indicate? The amount of weight required to deflect a rod blank a certain distance. Roughly translated, that becomes its power. Never heard of a way of measuring a blank's power? There are a few systems out there. RDA happens to be the one being used here. Power, action, a...
by Mattman
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Rods
Topic: Changing a 1 piece rod casting rod into a 2 pc.
Replies: 12
Views: 2254

Re: Changing a 1 piece rod casting rod into a 2 pc.

tditox4 wrote:
Mattman , can you please post a picture of what the ' sleeve over ferrule ' looks like. Is it a traditional North American type , 2 piece joint connection?

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