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Re: Glass rods ?

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I'm just getting into the glass scene. When you look around and see who is surrounding you, it's scary! lol (no offense bikerfish and gfen)


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Posted on: 2011/3/29 17:09
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Re: Glass rods ?

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my mcfarland and both my paddocks glow in the sun, very pretty. I'm working on a yellow mcfarland right now, should be stunning!
I agree with ya gfen, translucent glass makes the prettiest rods.
I've got an old cortland that has a very pretty amber glow to it as well.
ok, we need to quit talking about this now, prices are already going up too much!LOL!

Posted on: 2011/3/29 17:11


Re: Glass rods ?

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For those that build your own....do you use silk for the wraps & varnish them or use epoxy?

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Re: Glass rods ?

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Glass works for me!

It is just like any other rod material, there are good rods and bad rods made out of it. One thing I have noticed is the newer makes and models are rather "tippy" while the older vintage rods flex over more of the rod when cast. I actually like the fuller flexing rods when fishing glass. That's not to say I like a floppy noodle of a rod. Those two characteristcs are not mutually inclusive, despite what some people may say or think.

This is a 4wt rod I built on a Paddock blank last year posing with an unwilling volunteer. Definately a tip flexing rod but pleasant to fish. I just wish it was a line weight or two heavier.

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I've also built on the Lamiglas "honey" blanks. My experience was dissapointing. They are unpleasantly tippy and too soft for my taste. The quality was not there either. They fill a certain price point, but are still sub-par for their price. They do make pretty looking rods, however! Their availability is also a problem. I could tell you a horror story about that.


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Re: Glass rods ?

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I just finished a Lamiglass 3wt 2pc Honey blank for my brother-in-law. I didn't use silk, but I did use Satin Spar Uerathane for the first time instead of epoxy. Really loved the results and wished I had tried this a long time ago. I did 5 thin coats. No mixing, bubbles, or worrying if it will be tacky or dry right.
I am stuck on glass and rarely bring out the graphite rods. I like the action and feel of fighting a fish. My opinion...I feel more of the fight and every movement of the fish with the glass rods. For Bass, I want the slower action anyway to toss big bugs with a more open loop. To each his own though.

Posted on: 2011/3/29 17:34


Re: Glass rods ?

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For those that build your own....do you use silk for the wraps & varnish them or use epoxy?


Either is OK depending on your tastes and the nature of the build. (classic blank/restore vs. modern blank and components)

I would say use whatever you have the most confidence in. You can achieve a very thin finish with epoxies if that is what is desired.

I've finished a couple rods with varnish and I think it is way more work to get a smooth, perfect finish via several coats. However, it does have it's own particular look that is pleasing. Varnish also has a certain ease of use factor, but also has it's own challenges.

Kev

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Re: Glass rods ?

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PennKev,

Did you buy a complete reel seat for that rod or a skeleton? I lost my end cap back in November. After more than 30 years the glue I used gave out. I have duct tape on it now. ( I can blend in with the rest of the Hillbillies here, if I put a minner on the hook and take my hook keeper off and use my cork handle instead.) It works fine. but if If you know where I can get just a cap, let me know.

Posted on: 2011/3/29 18:24
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I've used both silk and nylon thread to wrap rods, depends on what color I'm after.
I used to use permagloss, but the last 15 or so rods I've done have been with spar varnish, usually 4 or 5 coats. I don't mind the work, and I like the fumes!!
I use color preserver if I want the thread color as is, I skip it if I want the wraps to be translucent.

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Re: Glass rods ?

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here's a pick of my paddock and the first fish it caught, sorry they are so small, haven't learned all the tricks to my droid yet!

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Posted on: 2011/3/29 18:37


Re: Glass rods ?

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so there are no graphite rods out there that flex deep into the rod like a glass model? perhaps its worth throwing a glass rod.

PS. The old glass rods I cut my teeth on were the heddon described above and also shakespeare wonder rods (3). One of the wonder rods was the fly/spinning combo. I like to spin fish with small spinners (0 and 00) with the fly/spinning combo. it allowed me to chuck those small things precisely under branches, limbs etc. I could drop a spinner in a teacup with that thing. Problem with the wonder rods is that they all broke, just under normal use (not abuse), frequent, but normal.

Posted on: 2011/3/29 18:38


Re: Glass rods ?

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some glass and my cane brookie rod for the hell of it.

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Re: Glass rods ?

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so there are no graphite rods out there that flex deep into the rod like a glass model? perhaps its worth throwing a glass rod.


Do you like apples?

What's your favourite cultivar? I mean, you're in a fruit stand, and there's 10 different varieties, do you pick the Red Delicious, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp or the Granny Smith?

Its like that... they all might flex deeply, but sometimes its got the nasty flavourless pulp of a Red Delicious, and sometimes its got the juicy, succulent flavour of a honey crisp.

$20, Eagle Claw Featherlight 7' 5/6 (don't settle for a plastic fuji reelseat, the wood seats are the new design). I fish mine with a GPX 5WFF or a Aircel 6WFF. When you feel it thump in your hand on a good back cast, you'll either understand what I think people desire, or you'll think we're just chasing a fad.

Either way, different strokes et al.


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Biker.. I love the unpainted rod. I would absolutely seek one of those out, but I'm pretty sure the blanks are out of my price range.

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Re: Glass rods ?

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ha ha, it's an old solid glass montague. I paid 2 bucks for it at a flea market, it was UGLY! had gold pinstriping all over it.
didn't do anything with it for a couple years, then decided to redo it last winter. sanded and polished the blank and wrapped up some guides I had laying around.
it actually casts pretty nice, though it takes a little while to get used to it. it likes a wf5

one of these days I'll own a Norie!! maybe a Studio Thin Line as well. that japanese glass is awesome!

Posted on: 2011/3/29 19:19


Re: Glass rods ?

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I started on glass and still have it on the wall, red rod bought in the early 60's. 2 fenwicks 5'2" 5wt and 6'0" 5wt. and a 8' 7wt heddon. might be another in there somwhere. Am trying to get a bunch of phillipson blanks off of a guy. waiting for him to come up again this year. Brad if I get them I'll let you know. most are 7'6" and smaller for 5wt. and down..

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