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About unclebunker

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  • Birthday 02/27/1947


  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Fishing,rod building,bird hunting
  • What I do for a living:
    Retired 30-yr. fedex driver.

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  1. It was common in the 60's-usually on low-end "hardware store" rods and "custom" rods.It's a personal taste kind of choice; it can be jazzed up a little by a trim wrap of black between each color.
  2. Ksong-- How are the "economic" rods different from the standard Black Hole line? Thanks.
  3. There's nothin' to be amazed about. A review is nothing more than an opinion formed from observation. You can put one out there if you wanta. A.H., however,IS amazin', and shares his unparalleled knowledge to the betterment of us all. Just sayin'.
  4. I found a Sage blank at a flea market this past spring, factory decaled "graphite 1596 single-handed fly- distance".(I'm pretty certain it's an old blank,but have no idea how old.) I actually called Sage about it,hoping for a little insight, but was told it "didn't ring any bells" with anyone there. Anyhow, I extended the butt about a foot and built it into my fuzzy idea of a 10 1/2' 15-wght beach rod, driven by visions of 200' casts. I bought that same 720-gr. skagit head,not being able to find much else for a 15-wght.,spliced it to some 30-lb Berkley big game mono,and proceded to flail away.I am-truly-a duffer with a fly rod;self-taught and inexperienced.A 60-ft cast with a 5-wght. is as good as I get. And,sadly, I don't do much better with my Beach Bomber.I don't think the rod is over-lined;I think it's operator inability. I just won't really know 'till I get someone who knows what he's doin' to sort me out. That's my 720-gr. experience. Unk.
  5. X3.
  6. What are you talking about?
  7. I wasn't very clear. 150' between 2 guys = 75' between guys with me in the middle. It should be alright with most,but like I said, I don't spend a lotta time up there.I try not to be a dick any more than necessary.
  8. No need to be embarassed, Mike. If you can think of it,somebody's tried it. There were bamboo rods wrapped that way commercially in the '30's. Didn't make any more sense then than it does now;they were horrible,heavy monstrosities. Unk.
  9. Found my way to the service rd. 1/2 mi. or so above the Sagamore bridge last w/e around 5:00a.m. Had to walk quite a way to find a spot with a little room (maybe 150-160ft.) between guys; touched base with both of 'em to make sure they were o.k.with it,which they were. Good guys.Half-hour later,the Asian contingent arrived,complete with headlamps,noisy laughter,and high-fives. Two went left,three right, announced "Fish here!",and started to insert themselves between us.I haven't fished the Canal in a year,and never when crowds were bad,but this seemed wrong, so I told 'em there wasn't enough room."No.no.no. We spread out." So they filled in,and the guy on the right crossed me on the first cast. He said,"I'm over you.", and I aked him if he was surprised at that. That was the end of his ability to speak English. Five minutes later,his jig is runnin'up my line again,so I cut it off,held it over the water,and threw it to (at?) him. He retreated to the far side of his friends,none of whom can any longer speak English,and crowded the guy to my right who'd originally let me in.He was far more patient than I'd been ,and eventually we tired and crawled back up the rip-rap and talked a little.(The fishing had been GREAT).I asked how he felt about what happened;he was a local and a little more relaxed about the whole thing. Next morning I decided to go with the flow. The crowds hadn't improved,but I (and the guys around me) had a better time.I guess circumstances hafta be allowed for. Anyhow, I might be a little more willing to share my rock in the future.Make of this what you will; I'm just thinkin' out loud. Unk.
  10. Thanks, TBush. I ordered one of the alps seats I thought looked kinda sexy.Couldn't tell from the pictures whether it would work out for me. If not, I'll stick it on somethin' else, and NPS this one. I liked your loose reelseat fix from another thread. wcitot.
  11. Thanks, Billy. I agree on the aluminum for all of the above reasons plus the fact they seemed-to me- to loosen up and/or corrode. Just tryin' to dress it up a little.Appreciate the feedback.
  12. You can try drillin an' fillin'; it's a viable approach. There's no way to shim that I've ever heard of, but the reel seat should be a fairly close fit. Shimming at the factory level is counter-productive. Work as much epoxy in there as possible;spin the reelseat to spread it,remember to line it up with the first guide,and see how it goes. MH sells syringes for this-- for too much money- but the junkies are the only people I know of who are smart enough to get 'em outside a medical facility. Good luck.
  13. You can build anything you care to. You'll be left with roughly a 9-ft rod having a slower action and lighter weight capability. I'd contact Lamiglas first, however. Their rods don't come cheap,the company's been in business longer than any other blank manufacturer--(I think. St. Croix might have preceded 'em.)--and I'd give em a chance to determine the right path. I'd be interested to know how ya make out. Unk.
  14. Looks like the right path to me, Mike. The layout is the key; spacing and centering need to be as precise as possible. Your diamonds look good; the second set's axis needs to be half-way around and half the distance above the centers of your first axis.Easier said than done, I know. For me, good books on the subject were invaluable. Dale Clemens wrote "Custom Rod Thread Art"-out of print but shows up on-line sometimes. Tom Kirkman had/has a 'Rod Building Guide", and Billy Vivona's "Decorative Wraps" is pretty much the gold standard. Clear instructions and tips will getcha where you're goin' pretty quickly, from the looks of your early attempts. Good luck; it's a rewarding hobby. Unk.
  15. Thanks,Billy. Either great minds think alike, or--- you're an old fart too.