Design a Popping rod
Posted 21 January 2012 - 06:10 AM
As a beginner at a late age, dear old arthritis prevents me from small style fishing.
Can not handle knots on 6, 10 even 20 lb line.
No way can I even open a coastlock without pliers.
So, I've decided to go bigger.
Use 60, 80 & 100 lb line. ( Deckies would be happy to help. )
Got my self a nice custom made Phenix 40-130 lb rollered 5 & a half foot for charter boat trips.
Now I am into working out what would make a nice popping rod that I can put to the rod builder as a
bit of a plan as to what I think I need.
Please let me know your thoughts as to whether you think I am on the right track or not.
Phenix blank TPX 760H. 2 Piece. 40-130 lb. 7 ft 6 inches.
Rings/Guides, American Tackle Company Virtus Titan NANOLITE/TITANIUM.
Guides to be positioned in the "CONCEPT" style/format.
Reel seat. Alps, Tri sided or Aftco.
May change, as I am thinking of a colour co-ordinated theme, so it depends a bit on
what is available, so long as it is tried, proven & a trusted brand name.
Reckon an ACCURATE SR30L would suit this rod.
Gimbal. Aluminium. Aftco or American Tackle Co.
Thinking of adding an extra guide to the rod, might even be two.
I have read somewhere about the extra guides for superior line movement.
That should do it, I think.
As to the finished rod; eg, colors, metallic, weave, marbled, I am undecided.
Do want to put a bit of bling on the rod in and around the top & bottom grips, along with
a contrasting color inlay ( If that is how you describe it )
Eg; BLACK top grip & butt grip with a bright RED 1 or 2 inch wide strip
Nothing over the top, just some stuff to individulise it.
Okay, your comments please.
Good, bad or downright ugly.
Posted 21 January 2012 - 05:49 PM
Does anyone know anything about Bushido blanks?
Such as how they perform, action & power ratings.
Any info would be most helpful.
Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:59 PM
It seems as though you are on the right track here. There are many blanks you can you and we all have our favorites. Alot of people are using Phenix blanks and they all seem happy with them. As far as guides i use Fugi MNSG's but the Amtaks you mention weill be fine. For spacing i use the static deflection method for stress distribution and adding an extra guide or two will help with line movement butt too many may hurt your cast (this is where you will be relying on your builders skill the most)I prefer the ALPS reel Seat but the AFTCO is a fine product along with the AFTCO gimbal. The Bl,ing that you mention is strictly cosmetic and wont catch any more fish so thats a personal thing for you to decide. Hope this helps
Posted 23 January 2012 - 11:25 PM
Thank you for the re-assurance.
No way in the world would I ever consider building my own rods.
But, in all fairness to the professional builder, they should at least have someone talk to them with
some knowledge about what they need & what they want the rod to be like when completed.
Your advice most welcome.
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