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  1. Me too! I own the 590-4 Biit and the 690-4 Biix....

    Me too! I own the 590-4 Biit and the 690-4 Biix. Two of the best fishing rods that I own and a great combination of rods. The 590 is a very soft, almost bamboo-like graphite rod. It gives me the...
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    Have you thought of making one? If you can find...

    Have you thought of making one? If you can find someone who has an original, it should not be too hard to find the spring steel to make one.

    Ted
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    I use a J-vise, which I bought 2 years ago after...

    I use a J-vise, which I bought 2 years ago after seeing Byron extolling the virtues of his here. I have been very happy with it. It is a true rotary. Before this, I tied for about 15 years on a...
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    Scott, Ouch!!! I slammed my thumb in a trunk a...

    Scott,

    Ouch!!! I slammed my thumb in a trunk a few years back and it is far worse than a hammer hit. Mine was stuck there until I could get my wife to come out of the cabin and unlock the trunk....
  5. Thread: hook keepers

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    I'm with dunfly on this one. I don't put hook...

    I'm with dunfly on this one. I don't put hook keepers on any rod I build. I always hook the fly on one of the middle snake guides and loop the leader around the reel.

    Ted
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    It depends on what kind of rod you are building...

    It depends on what kind of rod you are building or rebuilding. If the rod is lightweight and I want to keep it as light as possible, I will use single foot guides. If I am more concerned about the...
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    Sounds like you learned a lot. Thanks for...

    Sounds like you learned a lot. Thanks for sharing with us so that the rest of us can learn from your experience.

    Ted
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    Another option is to splice the hollow dacron...

    Another option is to splice the hollow dacron braid. Not as quick as a knot, but it goes through the guides much more smoothly and is as strong as you can get.
    Here is a how-to video:...
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    It works about as well as a padlock on something...

    It works about as well as a padlock on something you want to keep. It keeps honest people honest, but does nothing to dissuade the dishonest from what they want to do.

    Honest telemarketers...
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    Do you mean wall clock time from the start of...

    Do you mean wall clock time from the start of building the rod to when you can fish it, or how much time you will need to dedicate to assembling and finishing the rod?

    I have built several rods...
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    I think you will have problems rebuilding the...

    I think you will have problems rebuilding the cork grip from the butt end of the section due to the taper of the blank. I would leave the reel seat on and remove any guides on the butt section of...
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    Good to know that it worked out for you. Thanks...

    Good to know that it worked out for you. Thanks for letting us know. Please post some pictures of your next build with this legacy reel seat.

    Ted
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    I have done this with all metal reel seats by...

    I have done this with all metal reel seats by placing the reel seat in boiling water for a few minutes to soften the epoxy that is holding it on. I still had to pull pretty hard and twist to get it...
  14. I have some that I bought several years ago and I...

    I have some that I bought several years ago and I have been very happy with them. They have been sharp out of the box and seem as strong as about any other hook I have used. They are not as brittle...
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    I have had fish strike a thingamabobber, so I...

    I have had fish strike a thingamabobber, so I know this is true. :D

    Ted
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    I agree that I don't tie flies to save money. I...

    I agree that I don't tie flies to save money. I don't go fishing to save money over buying the fish in a store either. It's all part of my enjoyment of fly fishing, tying flies, building rods,...
  17. Thread: Net holster

    by tedshuck
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    Larry, I think I would have spent a lot less...

    Larry,

    I think I would have spent a lot less time fishing and more time dragging that magnet around in the sand if that was the case!

    Ted
  18. Thread: Net holster

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    I like the magnetic attachment too. The only...

    I like the magnetic attachment too. The only problem I have had with mine was when fishing the Blue River in Silverthorne recently. The magnet picked up about a quarter inch of magnetic debris off...
  19. Very, very true! I wish I had known this when I...

    Very, very true! I wish I had known this when I was trying to teach my kids to fish.
    Ted
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    If the world were flat, this is true. Remember...

    If the world were flat, this is true. Remember that the world is not flat. No lift required.
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    The dropped one would hit the ground first if the...

    The dropped one would hit the ground first if the ground is at the same elevation over the entire area of interest.
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    I would be surprised if they made more than one...

    I would be surprised if they made more than one rod as a 7'9" 5pc 3wt in 1995-1996. I would just call Winston's service/repair department and explain the situation.

    Ted
  23. Thread: Line Weight

    by tedshuck
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    Here is a guide spacing calculator that I found...

    Here is a guide spacing calculator that I found online. Good for a first evaluation...

    http://guidecalculator.cutthroattraders.com/#/

    I think most would recommend that you cast the rod with a...
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    Byron, My source was a fishing guide from the...

    Byron,
    My source was a fishing guide from the ArkAnglers fly shop in Salida, Bill Dobson.

    Here is an article from Karl Blankenship where he states that caddis are more pollution tolerant than...
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    I was told, earlier this year, that the recent...

    I was told, earlier this year, that the recent poorer quality of the Mother's Day caddis hatch on the Arkansas was due to the overall health of the river improving. Prior to about 2000, the river...
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