Monday, May 30, 2005

Dan Craft Fast Taper 3 wt... 

I'd like to craft a simple cork with slide band grip for this little 8'6" three weight rod.

I've chosen a new cork called bamboo burl from Pacific Bay. I like the light color and look of this cork. Here are two pieces necessary to make the fly rod grip - A reversed half wells and a 7" rear (spinning rod) grip which I've cut down slightly.

After boring the interior diameter to fit the FT 863-4 butt section I've mounted the two pieces on a heavy fiberglass blank, first wrapped with masking tape to hold the cork tight. Very little sanding is required to bring the shape down close to the correct size.

Unfortunately, flaws appear immediately in the preformed bamboo burl cork grips.

punky spots where cork isn't...

I've pulled the two pieces off the mandrel. Here you can see the worst area is in the rear grip portion.

Fortunately, I've saved some cork dust...

Now I'll added a little glue and see if I can salvage this job.

There is no try... ONLY DO!

The offensive glued areas are noticably less so after sanding.

Ok... Let's scribe a spot where the reel will go.

Scorch Time!

Now it's time to carve that flat spot to receive the reel foot... notice how I've taped the section in preparation.

This is going to be a HIGH SPEED job...


first pass...

Criminy... I'm good.

Fine grit sanding now...

Nice fit.

Time to insert a Worried Shrimp for good luck.

So far I'm very happy with Pacific Bay's Bamboo burl cork. Only time and the rigours of fishing will determine how durable this new product is.

Despite it's punky interior (might have been a bad lot) I was able to fortify the problem areas with cork dust and glue.

Notice I've applied the first of several thin coats of Tru Oil.

Next project will be the crafting of the Dan Craft FT 908-4 this fall.

Happy trails...


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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

ABS pipe fishing rod case 

ABS plastic pipe and pipe components can be found at most hardware stores.

At a fabric store get a length of rubberized matt, Cut a length several inches longer than the pipe. Cut the width to allow for a 1/4-inch overlap. Carefully feed the rubberized matting into the pipe and pull straight to align the overlapped edges. Using balloons to apply pressure five-minute epoxy the rubberized matt at either end of the pipe to a depth of approximately five inches or as far down as you can apply the glue. After the expoxy sets up use a sharp knife to trim the matt flush with the pipe ends.

Place a piece of thick sponge or quality foam in a pipe cap and carefully slide the cap onto the end of your pipe covered with ABS cement. This is all that is necessary to secure the sponge or foam in the base of your rod case.

Glue a fine circular facial sponge into the removable cap end. Now both ends and the interior walls of the pipe are rendered soft for rod protection.

Drill holes in the cap end and pipe side to accommadate a stout cord. Tie a knot in the ends thusly.

For added protection you can use a rod sock.

These are sturdy rod cases and won't let you down. I've got several that are over twenty years old.


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Sunday, May 08, 2005

Pan Fish Procrastination 

Fresh spring rains have filled the local reservoir and a variety of fish are taking the fly.

While waiting for some essential items to craft a custom handle for the new Dan Craft FT 3wt I hastily mounted (without bonding) a little Jan's Netcraft pre-fabricated cork grip and all nine guides - fuji SIC titanium single foot - very nice very SLICK! I highly recommend them for increasing casting distance and reduced wear on flyline.

have a look...

Fish LOVE number 10 bead head flashback pheasant tails

Another favorite, the diminutive no. 16 Micro Mayfly...

Besides the crappie, I've also been catching yellow perch, large mouth bass, pumkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus) and rainbow trout. I know there are small mouth bass in this lake but have not yet taken one.

Shaping bamboo burl cork handle soon...


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