new project :retro drop shot rod

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Re: new project :retro drop shot rod

Post by Chavender » Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:04 pm

well I ordered some nice Fuji klag rings , ranging from the smallest to medium sized rings (listed by frame height on G'n'B ) 6X10.8mm ,6X12.2mm ,3X14.6mm ,3X20.8mm & 2X26.8mm .on paper these should of gave the right gradient & have symmetry in the layout .but on arrival and checking them against the rods the graduation between the butt ring and choke ring was too shallow .So a second order was sent for bigger/higher rings in the same range 2x 43.3mm and 31.8mm.and a few days later they arrived .

I taped the rings into position starting at the tip and working back ,and with the new bigger butt rings the gradiants where spot on ,and I was left with three spare rings (not a problem as they're quite cheap) for other projects ,as I quite like them and the 14.6mm & 2o.8mm are a good size as substitutes for standoff rings ,and the 10.8mm & 12.2mm are good as close rings.

the medium rods ring set
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the ultralite rods ring set
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the microlite rods ring set
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now all I have too do is whip them on and a few finishing touches ,but its December and nearly the big day so finding time to do them isn't easy .and I might leave them until the new year and my birthday ....ok I've treated myself to a little birthday indulgence......

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Re: new project :retro drop shot rod

Post by SeanM » Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:02 pm

Corr! :Ok:
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Re: new project :retro drop shot rod

Post by Chavender » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:16 pm

not much happening at the moment awaiting the new rod wrapper too arrive ,hopefully any day now .its frustrating as I wanted these rods too be the first on the machine too test it out .

in the meantime I've orded some 40swg copper wire for the over wrap on one of the rod as it has it on the ferrules so i'll me matching it up

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Re: new project :retro drop shot rod

Post by Slumption » Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:47 pm

Nice. I had thought a very light fly blank might be suitable, say a stream rod 4/5 weight line.

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Re: new project :retro drop shot rod

Post by Chavender » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:37 pm

yes that might work for a light rod
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Re: new project :retro drop shot rod

Post by Chavender » Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:52 pm

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well I've finished the micro light drop shot rod ,well 99% finished as I've too get a new ultra fine tipped white marker (mines dried up) pen too add its name etc the 6.6 Ds . seen here with a stunt reel for illustration purposes .

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but I've already added my logo a S inside a D .will add a white boarder too make it stand out once the new pen arrives.

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I'd whipped on the modern single leg rings designed for the job and they're hard lined & able too handle braid if needed.I've stained the rod darker colour (looks more like greenheart now for the retro look) , I might blue the ferrules yet ?.just a few little touches to go .But its ready too go for a test run ...well once I've finished the other two.

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this project has taken a while but sometimes life just gets in the way ,but i'm getting there.
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Re: new project :retro drop shot rod

Post by Chavender » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:13 pm

this as been a little frustrating project not because of the build more with the time taken to complete it ,I lost the photos for the last two rods .As I dropped them into the wrong folder too store them .I keep getting distracted by other projects .but finally they're done.

the light weight rod with its green whippings is built having chosen a rod blank with existing green whippings I decided to make the grip a screw up arrangement .with a frosted chrome metallic reel seat ,with corked foregrip and rear grip

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the difficult bit was matching the pre-existing whippings thread colour so I could blend it all in.

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the modern rings don't look out of place ,whipped in the green too match the rest

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theres 8 rings in total ,probably could of got away with using less ,but that might of come at a cost with obtuse line angles as the rood hooped over ,and as I place my rings by putting the rod into a curve and placing them so they follow the curvature and eliminate bad line angles .

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the blank was once a flyrod and had the twistlock ferrule ,I kept it as it does have benefits it won't come loose midcast ,and always aligns up the rings perfectly .

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the rod is well balanced and a good action ,and I look forwards too using it

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Re: new project :retro drop shot rod

Post by Chavender » Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:04 pm

Last but not least we arrive at the medium rod ,this is a duel purpose lure rod in its made as a medium weight drop shot rod ,but it can also handle light spinners etc .it has the split grip look and those hardened modern rings in chromed steel ,and black whipped set against its brown hue.i was considering using some copper whippings too the but ring and ferrules for added strength ,but will try it first without as I can easily add them later if required

again its a cut down flyrod ,this time a sharpes impregnated rod (bonus no need for inters or excessive varnishing) which always seem (well always too me!) a little stiffer and better recoil than plain splitcane counterparts) the action is a little firmer than the other two rods ,but still flexible too impart some life into the lure .and is also good enough for light spinning etc .

it has a screw down ,silver painted reel seat with cork hood that forms the foregrip ,the rear but grip hides the balance weight used too critically balance the rod ,giving greater sensitivity .

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the rings maybe modern but look great , 7 in total spaced too follow the curvature of the rod .

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This one will be tested twice ,once with a drop shot rig and then with light spinners and lures .

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