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About Silverado

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  • About Me:
    Retired Machinist
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Fishing, Rod Building, Hobby Machining
  • What I do for a living:
    Retired. Thinking about Halibut fishing, Chinook Fishing, Striper fishing.

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  1. Darn Billy you are way low!!!! I live 10 miles from one of the bigger blank suppliers. In the Pacific NW of all places. One of my friends is the Chief Engineer and blank designer. He and I have had many discussions about blank design and manufacturer. It is an interesting business for sure. There is a lot of thought and engineering that goes into manufacturing quality composite blanks, not only in the materials choice but also in the manufacturing equipment. When you are building composites with two or three types of fabric in the wraps it gets complicated. The end result is a blank tailored to a specific need. The carbon fiber sheets are called Pre Peg, meaning previously impregnated with the resin at a carbon fiber sheet manufacturer. The Pre Peg must be shipped in refrigerated trucks and stored in refrigerators at the blank manufacture's facility. Then they are pulled from refrigeration and cut on computer controlled cutting tables, assembled into "kits" for the blanks, then off to the rolling tables. Then to the ovens. All without dilly dallying, otherwise the cure is faulty.
  2. Mudhole is having a sale on supply kits now, take a look.
  3. I shop the major suppliers. I like Mudhole as they usually have what I need. Shipping time could be a pain as I live way out in the Pacific NW, I can see Victoria, B.C., from my driveway. But I plan far ahead so shipping time is no problem. And I have the luxury of being just 10 miles from Batson, Pac Bay, and Utmost. Sort of a rod builders heaven, no shipping costs! Especially for some of the over 8 foot blanks I have. I stumbled across three Ulua blanks at Utmost a couple of years ago: One piece. Two 12 footers and one 13 footer. The kind the boys in Hawaii use. Will wrap one in the near future for a super heaver tossing big bait for Halibut.
  4. Good Example: Three weeks before Thanksgiving I made an order to Mudhole. The order arrived a few days before T day. Just after T day, the Mudhole clearance email showed up. So I basically duplicated the order but at about 1/2 the price. And shipping was free for over $100 purchase. Thinking ahead, a lot of my components are common, especially reel seats, grips and guides. So I can stock up for future builds. Sign up on Mudhole and request a catalog. This way you will be on their email list and receive the sales notices.
  5. Do not go down the cheap road. Save your pennies and buy quality components. Plan your builds far in advance, make a parts list, watch specials, prowl Ebay. Best time to buy from Mudhole is after Thanksgiving, they have incredible specials at this time, reducing inventory before tax time..
  6. 338 Win Mag. The "Go To" Elk cartridge out here in the Pacific NW where I live. I have three rifles chambered in this round. Putting another one together for the Son in Law, he hunts the Snake River Country. We like the 210 Nosler Partition, a great bullet for up to 400 yards, about the maximum distance one should be shooting at big game. Great price also. Top it with a nice Leupold of your choice and you will have a great rifle for those wet winter Elk & Moose hunts.
  7. Check with a magnet. You will have a slight pull if they are stainless (not as much as with a steel hook). If they turn out to be stainless I will take two packs.
  8. Slow trolling Rebels and Bombers worked well in the delta when the fish were moving through. Blood worms in the Sacramento River in the Winter. Fished them on the bottom with an egg sinker. From the bank. We called them blood worms, they were from Maine and flown in to SFO. Bought them in a big flat cardboard box full of wet seaweed. Folks back East call them something else I think. Really bloody when the hook was pushed through and they had a pair of pinchers that really hurt if they caught your finger!!! The funny thing to me is I was using cheap rods/reels back then. Penn No. 9 reel and Eagle Claw rods. Reel was free and the rod cost maybe $20. Cheap mono line bought on 1/4 pound spools. Caught a lot of fish. Compare that to the rigs guys use today! Heck my first car cost less than today's composite rod and high end reel. Penns, I love them.
  9. Ha! I know that area. Fished it in the 70's. Pick the right current and drift a live bullhead among the shadows. This one was fun. Penn No.9 Reel, 7 foot Eagle Claw rod. Live bullhead. 20 lb. Mono. The reel was one my Dad had way back in the 1950's. Still have it!
  10. No spots burned in my posts, after all the photos were taken in the 1970's. And note my comment about being hung by Winch. Fishing for Stripers around the Bay Area was fantastic in the 1970's but not so today. Hence everyone's aversion to spot burning. If you want to catch fish, do as I did when I lived there: Fish a lot of areas, try a lot of different baits & lures. After a few years you will have it "dialed in". You can find good fishing areas by using nautical charts: Look for areas that hold bait on the various tides and currents.
  11. From the Deep South, used in the 1960's by my Dad. He mostly preferred a big folder. These knives have been in the dressing and butchering of a lot of game animals and the farm beef & hogs. Now in my collection, I have had them in a few Elk & Deer out in the Pacific NW where I now live.
  12. Slammers are good reels, I have two. The advantage of fishing from your boat is you can follow the fish if you are being spooled.
  13. I will bite. Please PM your pay pal info.
  14. Mudhole has: XB Stainless ring, for mono only CSB Carbide ring Batson/Rainshadow has similar, in the ALPS brand Google is your friend