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    HooK & Hackle perspective

    Hi, Folks,

    I bought a Jeep Liberty because I couldn't afford a Cherokee. It gets me to work, hauls my family and, of course, gets me to that stream to catch some trout. I offer several grades of...
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    very

    Very, very nice. Enjoy!

    Ron
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    The sky's the limit

    Nice rod to work on, Ken.

    If the ferrules are cracked in the metal, I'd put on new ones if you intend to fish the rod. If they're just coming off the blank, you can certainly glue them back on....
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    Congrats

    Congratulations!! We love new rod builders!!! And nothing like catchin' on your newly built rod!

    Ron
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    Glass making a comeback?

    We have been selling the remains of the Diamondglass S-2 fiberglass blanks, and the response is incredible. I have been told that there is a trend towards fishing with more moderate action rods, and...
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    I agree

    They 1492's are the only Medalists that are not reversible, as far as I know.

    Ron
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    The GL3

    I like the GL3 for the money. Great castability and action - with enough guts to land 'em!

    And the Pflueger Trion is one of our favorite reels at Hook & Hackle. It is a mid-arbor with a terrific...
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    New Medalists

    We sell a zillion of these every year. I have one for my bamboo rod and think they're great. And the sound of the click is perfect!!

    I don't know if the old ones are worth much or not - but...
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    Some Pros

    Quade, most of the 'Pros' I've seen tie choose the hackle by bending it around the shank of the hook and guess at 1 1/2 times the hook gap. They do this while the feather is still on the cape. If...
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    Great Book!!

    Thanks, Jeff. I'm going to see if it is legal to put it on my website for a free reference for folks. It is just terrific!

    Ron
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    Floatant

    Just a quick note on the liquid floatant, Gink or any other brand.

    I recommend that you only use it on a completely dry fly -- like when you first use the fly that particular day. After it gets...
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    Wow!

    Hey, congratulations!

    When I say you in Warren, you didn't even look, uh . . . .


    Ron
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    Here's the difference

    The retainer on the 15 is slightly bigger than on the 15HG. The slip ring on the 15 is flared and is a regular cylinder shape on the 15HG. Lastly, the "O" ring on the 15 is rubber and the "O" ring...
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    Gee whiz, folks. It took me 19 years to get a motor!!!! I just did them by hand. Roger, the inventory of Flex Coat Rod Finish, would say that if you can only buy or make one tool for rod building,...
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    Illusion "holographic" guides

    Ok. I've been hoarding about 25 " illusion" guide sets, with various tip tops, from PacBay. They've discontinued their snake guides in the 'illusion' finish. I bought the tail end of their...
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    Recoil Stripper

    I like the REC Recoil stripper guides too. They've a simple and classy look and a lot lighter in weight than the agate - less expensive, too. Just an idea.

    Remember, there is no perfect way. ...
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    Wrap Finish

    On the wraps, many finishes will work fine. Use something "thin" to start. Easier to put several coats on than it is to remove a coat. Good luck and send me a photo.

    Ron
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    Silk vs. Nylon

    The most common silk thread to use, which is they type we carry, is 3/0, which is half the diameter of regular nylon "A" thread. This means that you'll have to put twice as much on each wrap. Nylon...
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    Nice Blank

    MM, I remember speaking with you a couple of weeks ago. Glad Joe at AmTackle took good care of you. We love the way those blanks look. But here's my question: will folks pay a bit more to get a...
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    Classic "Trout" vs. "Western"

    The "Western" model, is the faster of the two. Think of the Western mod/fast graphite, which compares to a Loomis GL3 or a Rainshadow RX7. The trout model is more like fiberglass, not quite as...
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    It'll hold, but . . .

    It should hold the components on just fine. The problem is when you go to remove or reposition the grip and seat. Two part epoxy, that is made for rod building, will soften when heat is applied -...
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    I'll brag about my line

    I hate to brag, but . . .

    Our H&H line is a favorite among the bamboo and fiberglass folks. And it's just $30!

    Ron
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    We're impressed by Dorber!

    We are going to have Dorber make some blanks for us! We received some samples from Ray a couple of weeks ago and quite frankly, we're impressed. Very innovative and fishable designs. And they're...
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    No rules

    Nix, I don't believe in rules, so just try a line you have already and see how it feels. After 10 minutes or so casting, you'll get a feel as to whether you need a heavier or lighter line. Trust...
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    Great Reel!

    We probably sell more Pflueger reels than just about anybody. It's not only the beginners who like them because of their low price, but many folks who've been around for years prefer them.
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