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up a creek.... need a 5wt

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So I went to get my regular 5wt trout rod out last weekend and found a lot of corossion on the reel seat. Almost looked like salt, but never fished the salt. Anyways, I can't for the life of me get the nut to move, so it is basically usless. I can't attach a reel to it without moving the nut. No amount of WD-40 has worked. It's a cheapo Cortland that I've been using pretty much since I started fly fishing.

I guess the search begins for a new rod right now. My problem is I don't have any money for a new rod. I recently got a $50 Cabela's gift card in the mail from credit card points intending to purchase some new necks, but might have to buy a rod now. Anyone have any suggestions, or would you be willing to trade a 8'6" to 9' 5wt for a the Cabela's card and/or a little bit of cash. I was planning on getting a new 3wt for my birthday in the next month, but might have to sacrifice that and get my 5wt and just deal with it. Can't decide what I want to do so just seeing if there's anyone out there with a rod they aren't using or suggestions on purchases.


Thanks in advance!

Ryan

Posted on: 2010/3/24 17:22
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Re: up a creek.... need a 5wt

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Can you post a pic of that messed up reel seat?

Also what is your budget if purchasing a new rod?

Kev

Posted on: 2010/3/24 17:34


Re: up a creek.... need a 5wt

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Unless, you really don't want to get it loosened up so you have no other choice than to buy another rod..:), take one of the Liquid Wrench/penetrant type products and spray it good all around and then tap it lightly a few times with a wrench or some other metal implement. Wait a few minutes and then wrap an old sock or a cloth around the stuck nut and grab hold of it with a pair of pliers or crescent wrench and turn it slowly. I bet it'll come..

But after all that effort, you probably should treat yourself to a new rod anyway..

Posted on: 2010/3/24 18:08


Re: up a creek.... need a 5wt

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This will loosen it. Better than WD40


or...

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/tem ... exId=cat604915&hasJS=true

better then the old Cortland. This is a bad time. Nothing at Cabelas is on sale. I got my Traditional II for that price a few years ago. But try the blaster first. Maybe it becomes a good back up rod.

Its also awesome for getting tar off your vehicle.

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Re: up a creek.... need a 5wt

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If you can swing $99 right now check out the Redington Red Fly 2 rods at Cabelas. They are nice rods for the money and come with a lifetime warranty.

Posted on: 2010/3/24 19:33


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Enough patience and pb blaster solves all corrosion issues.

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I was gonna say penetrating oil and a wrench, but I guess thats been covered.

If it were me, I'd use it as an excuse to buy a new rod, and then still try and loosen the dang thing up. :)

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Posted on: 2010/3/25 10:50
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Re: up a creek.... need a 5wt

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I was looking at those late yesterday Tom. May jump on that too. It is a bad time to have anything break. I may sacrifice my 3 wt this year and just buy a decent 5 wt. If I do that I'll have upwards of $200 for a new rod. If I want both I probably won't spend more than around $75 for it. I will probably buy a cheaper 5 wt now because my wife told me if I hit a certain number on sales this year she'd let me buy a new rod of my choice!! lol.

I appreciate all the pms. I think it's time for a new rod anyways, even if it will just turn into a back-up next year. I could definetly tell the difference of my cheap rod compared to others and after 4 years it's time for an upgrade. I'll let you guys know what I decide to do. If I do buy a new rod, then my old one will be up for grabs if anyone wants to take it and put a new seat on it and use it themselves or pass it on to someone else.


Thanks again,

Ryan

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ryan, if you can`t get it loose i`ll give it a shot , we have some penetrate at work we use on the aircraft to loosen corrosion...

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Re: up a creek.... need a 5wt

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Go for the nice 5wt. 3wts are fun, and my 3wt may be my favorite rod, but they are just toys.

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Re: up a creek.... need a 5wt

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I think I made a decision on the whole thing. I got a bunch of messages on it and appreciate all the help from everyone. I've got a new reel seat coming and plan to fix this rod and give it to a buddy of mine who is in the area for another year with the military and then probably moving. I told him he was welcome to come on the first day with me to learn to fly fish and I'm going to fix up my old rod and just give it to him. I am going to buy a new 5wt now and get my 3 wt in another month or so. Hopefully I kick butt here at work and will hit my bonus and be able to get a NICE 5wt in the fall and use the one I buy now for a backup.

Now looking at an inexpensive rod at Cabelas... should I buy the Cabela's three fork, or spend the extra $20 and get the St Croix Triumph that has a 5 year warranty? Anyone fish either of these rods before? Looking at a 9'5wt in a 4piece.

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GET THE ST. CROIX.

Posted on: 2010/3/26 11:20


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Quote:

PennKev wrote:
GET THE ST. CROIX.

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Re: up a creek.... need a 5wt

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One further thought: GET THE ST. CROIX...

... and you might not feel the need/want for another 5wt later.

Posted on: 2010/3/26 11:31



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