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post #871 of 882
Andy, I have the same blank and love it, though mine is 13'. Out of curiosity, what made you go with the 11' instead of the 13'?
post #872 of 882
crazy stuff..... great work all around

martzy, how was the butt section on the S7, i was told some while ago that they where changing it up from the prototypes (they where thicker than the S8s), on the heavers anyway.... I haven't seen them on the sand, yet, and haven't gotten excited for them due to that fact.
post #873 of 882
Koss, the 11' is a plugging rod in the vapor trail line. The heaver is 13'.

Lucky, that's exactly why I went with the vapor trail instead of the S7. A lot bigger butt. Guess I'm not sir mix a lot.
post #874 of 882
thanks Guys, nice builds also, I am going to start another as soon as I decide on a color combo someone needs to invent a computer program where you can lay out the colors and see what they look like, it would make my brain hurt less confused.gif
post #875 of 882
There is a program like that. Visual wrap, maybe??

You tell it the colors you want to use and give it pattern instructions, the it tells you what you will get.
post #876 of 882
Visual wrap will show you patterns but there are some free online tools to show color combinations together. Thread Central Color Combo Tester would do it but I have not used it in a while and when I did it only had Gudebrods library I believe. Last time I tried it it did not work but give it a shot. If it still only has Gudebrod colors you can cross reference the color to another brand. Also the Mokoi Thead Color Matching Tool works very well and I would highly recommend trying it out for yourself. I usually find color combos using a color wheel which are only a few dollars and will show you 2,3,or 4 complimentary colors. Also just use colors of items you see everyday, maybe product packaging or advertisements. The artists have already done the work of choosing appealing color combinations. I have even been know to use the color combo from my favorite beer bottle smile.gif

John
post #877 of 882
Working man's heavier blanks?

With Batson out of the picture, looks like the breakaway HDX is the bang for the buck. Any thoughts?

My only batson, the 1204f, sits unwrapped. I appreciate the input on getting it laid out for my returbished 704z. Especially Springer, thanks! It will get wrapped up this spring. But I'm thinking of another drum ready rod and am not ready to go with the current $300+ range blanks.
post #878 of 882
not sure baston / rainshadow is 'done'...... they just stopped producing the current SUR line of blanks.... wink.gif actually i would look for a 1506 if you wanted something right now.... or a 1509 blank if you could find one... the CPS are prob the next most affordable honestly... then comes the CTS/Century/Daiwa (pretty much what JC has biggrin.gif )
post #879 of 882
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Originally Posted by jeepcreep View Post

My only batson, the 1204f, sits unwrapped. I appreciate the input on getting it laid out for my returbished 704z. Especially Springer, thanks! It will get wrapped up this spring. But I'm thinking of another drum ready rod and am not ready to go with the current $300+ range blanks.

Rodbuilding, what's this hobby your talking about?confused.gif Just kidding, my kids are at an age where I can't seem find the time to build any of the blanks sitting in my basement or actually go fishing for that matter.

Following this thread is great. You see peoples progression from putting together their first builds then 20 pages and two years later they are cranking out top notch work. icon14.gif Keep up the good work.
post #880 of 882
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Originally Posted by jeepcreep View Post

looks like the breakaway HDX is the bang for the buck. Any thoughts?

jc

I've got an HDX factory conventional. Very similar to a 1569. Definitely not a gray hair rod. Sweet spot is 8-10 oz. Anything less than that and you're just not loading it very much...

The surface finish on mine is "rough". Something like an ugly stick. You can feel the spiral wraps of the material in the blank. Also has a spigot ferrule so there's a gap at the joint. It's a good stick; just not what I really like in a rod. Gonna pass mine on to one of the boys for them to learn on.

Best of luck in your search!
post #881 of 882
Dunno about Breakaway but I have thought about them off and on. Never seriously enough to shell out the $$, though. Shoff still lists RS blanks on their site. Prolly other sellers have some as well. Dunno why Batson did that as those pokey RS blanks are perfect for geezers. Mudhole promised some heaver blanks in their MHX line a couple years ago but that never came about. I guess there's always Lami, but the only one I ever tried was the 1502. AFAW...guess you can get them from England. I liked them ok but the only one I have left is the Big Beach so I must not have liked them all that much. Well, not quite true as I still have a 13' 6&Bait which will throw 10+. It is a long thrower. Tommy Farmer's blanks...lots of raves about them but the only one I tried was a bit too fast for me. It, too, is a long thrower. Guy I know down in FLA swears by Century. But, unlike me, he's young and tuff. And there's some high dollar stuff out there. If I wasn't getting so long in the tooth I'd be scrabbling for blanks...as it is, I'm starting to dump rods I seldom use. Gonna gleefully convert a spinner guy to a real fisherman. biggrin.gif
post #882 of 882
first time out with my rebuilt 1509 my first closed wrap.
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