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Batson Switch Blank Build

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Here's the 6wt Batson Switch blank build I built in exchange for a donatation to the Western Pennsylvannia Conservency. This is a brand new model released about two weeks ago. It flexes quickly half way down and has a very stiff butt. Briefly test cast it overhead and has a moderate action. I suspect it will cast well with a spey cast, too.

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Posted on: 2007/11/26 19:21


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I love that trout logo on it

Posted on: 2007/11/27 0:17


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How long is it?

Posted on: 2007/11/27 8:52
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10' 8". The blanks run a very reasonable $75-85.

Posted on: 2007/11/27 15:56


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OhioOutdoorsman wrote:
10' 8". The blanks run a very reasonable $75-85.


Sounds like a yummy steelhead rod.

Posted on: 2007/11/27 17:23
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pardon my ignorance,but what kind of guides are they?i've never seen them like that before.

Posted on: 2007/11/29 23:19


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They are Batson single foot ceramic guides applied with a forhan locking wrap. A lot of custom builders are very high on using ceramics.....I'm very +/- on them. They add a bit of weight and cost more but MAY reduce friction, last longer, etc, etc, etc. The person I was building it for wanted them.

Posted on: 2007/11/30 7:33


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Do you build all your rods with single foot guides?

Posted on: 2007/11/30 7:48


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No, I don't. For heavier weights and for rods that are built to look tradtional I don't. Most custom builders would reccomend single foot guides for performance because they add less weight in thread and finish and consequently more othe the energy when casting is delivered to the fly line because less is wasted flinging the weight of the guides around. It keeps the action of the rods faster, too. Whether this makes them better practical fishing tools, we could debate that one for a while....

Posted on: 2007/11/30 17:49


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interesting, where are you getting the blanks.
I'd like to find a 10' 5wt blank for pinning for trout.
I haven't put any rods together yet, but i'm thinking of getting what I need for x-mas and start building.

Skiltonian

Posted on: 2007/11/30 22:11


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nevermind, found it

http://www.batsonenterprises.com

and they have a 10' 5wt


what all would you recommend to get started in building rods.
i'm the type to go all out, so don't hold back. Also, any good instruction literature out there.

Thanks

skiltonian

Posted on: 2007/11/30 22:37


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This will get you started. Click on the tab on top for each article segment.

Rod Building Info

Beware, building rods can become addicting. I innocently started building some rods for myself and friends, now I'm into refurbing bamboo rods. Be careful.

Posted on: 2007/12/1 6:54


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Yep, that article is about the best I've seen. I might reccomend hookandhack.com (located in homestead PA) and get one of their kits with everything needed for your first rod. I can also reccomend the books by Art Scheck and Tom Kirkman as well as the flexcoat video.

If you have questions, fire away.

It is addicting, so watch out.

Posted on: 2007/12/2 12:37


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Oops, that should be www.hookhack.com

Posted on: 2007/12/2 12:40


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thanks for those rod building links.they're going to help.

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