Don B

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  1. Hi Billy, the Florida forum was small and served primarily bait casters and some surf casters. I show George passing away 2/12/2007. The article was probably published some time in 2005.
  2. Attached is an article that ran in Hawaii Fishing News magazine. It gives tribute to George's contributions to the world of fishing. gowge.pdf
  3. " The epoxy looks milky in certain lights I don't know if that is normal. " "Pro wrap colorfast size A" colorfast is a NCP type of thread. Chemicals are added into the thread to prevent epoxy turning the thread translucent. These chemicals can cause a haze that can appear slightly blue. This has been reported in Florida and Texas. I have duplicated this by shining a blue LED on two side by side 4 ounce spools of black. One spool of black nylon and one spool of black NCP. When shining the LED on the spools, the nylon spool remained black while the NCP spool had a blue tint. When you say "milky", that normally describes water that gets under the wrap after using water based color preserver. Perhaps another cause could be (long shot) your epoxy was stiff and did not fully penetrate the thread. "The guide at the ferrule ended up there due to the spacing." What determined the spacing? " I used a alch burner on this build, I didn't have any air bubbles just some minor unevenness at some spots." It sounds like your epoxy was starting to set up. Work faster, slow down the cure rate or both. If the epoxy starts to set up before you are finished, discard the finish. Work with the epoxy you have applied. You can actually move the epoxy by around by blowing through the plastic straw I mentioned. Speed will improve with experience. Decrease the cure rate of the epoxy. High build cures faster than low build. Spread out the epoxy on aluminum foil to better dissipate heat and slow the cure. "Next one I do Ill look into length of the ferrule wrap." A dentist would say - Only floss the teeth you want to keep.
  4. Hi connman, For disclosure, I am a Sea-Guide distributor. Sea-Guide has a large operation in China and builds all the components for their product lines. They also sell components to other manufacturers. They have recently made a push into selling to mainstream rod manufacturers. Stephen, I would like to help you, but 1. I have not seen a demand for the NPS or DNPS reel seats 2. I do not have them in stock 3. Shipping to the UK is very expensive I did ship some thread to London. The buyer wanted 2 spools and the shipping cost was about 35 USD for about 12 USD in thread. It cost the same price to ship 2 spools or 15 spools. The customer opted to purchase 15 spools and I dropped the selling price. If you are not in a rush, my suggestion would be for you to ask Tackle 24 to order the required reel seat with their next Sea-Guide order. This may alleviate some shipping and customs charges. Don
  5. The following are manufactured by Sea-Guide. The closest distributor to the UK is Tackle 24. There are several distributors in the vicinity.
  6. Is your thread black NCP size D ? Instead of a heat gun, the next time you go to a fast food restaurant take home a couple of the larger diameter plastic straws. Blow through the straw to remove bubbles in the epoxy. To minimize the creation of bubbles from the thread, use nylon size A thread and use a low build epoxy. Although one forum promotes a ferrule's length should be 2 times the blank's diameter, it should be the length of the ferrule's overlap (or at least provide strength at each end of the ferrule). The ferrule wrap may be 3 or more inches in length. Although a ferrule can break at either end, the majority of breaks do occur at the open end of the sleeved over section. In your first picture you show a guide just below a ferrule. If possible, it would be better to have the guide wrapped on the ferrule. It would provide strength to the open end of the ferrule. The decorative wrap should be moved to the other end of the ferrule to strengthen that end of the ferrule.
  7. There are other people who like the smallest available thread for their fly rods. Nylon size 00 is about 3/4 the diameter of nylon size A. Makoi Thread carries nylon size 00 in Black, Scarlet, and Garnet. A medium size spool (about 1 ounce) in size A has 950 yards of nylon. While a medium spool of size 00 nylon has 1200 yards. The 00 thread is not listed on the Makoi Thread website. You would need to email the owner (me).
  8. I was also told A under wrap and D over wrap. That was about 1980. With the improvements in materials there is a lesser need for under wraps. (Under wraps being what the guide feet rest on and reduces damage to the blank .) The use of A under and D over helped to reduce the over wrap digging into the under wrap.
  9. Or you can support a tackle shop by placing an order through Ryan (Hatteras Jack). I will gladly help you in making a selection prior to your ordering through Ryan. Don
  10. At the time, I was an Akios distributor and the higher gear ratio was not available. I moved on to become an Omoto distributor with a greater product line. Regarding your 656, is it a CTM or SCM? In either case the gear ratio is easy to upgrade to 6.3:1. (Bronze pinion and brass main). If you decide to change your gears, I recommend you change your drag stack with new drag and steel washers from Smooth Drags (Dawn). You will have greater surface area. You will need to ask for the stack with the non-domed top washer. If your 656 has not been modified to a mono mag, your performance will be lacking in the field. The Omoto style magnet assembly does not have enough travel to allow needed separation between the magnets and the spool after the start of the cast. Changing the number and polarity of the magnets may provide some relief.
  11. I experienced those issues caused by the 4.3:1 gear ratio of the Akios 757. When retrieving your line on a slow sloping beach, the lead would grab bottom and sometimes coral. To bring in line you had to reel in as fast as possible while quickly walking backwards. With the Omoto Chief 7000 (5.5:1 gears standard), I no longer have to walk backwards. Akios now offers the 757 with 5.5:1 gears.
  12. Hi blue crab, The website is easy to find by doing a google search on Omoto Chief Schematics or Omoto Repair Parts. The mag control of the 7000CTM is excellent. The magnet tray comes with 4 magnets installed. The centrifugal brakes come with 4 blocks installed. I usually fish with either 1 or 2 brake blocks and all 4 magnets. On one occurrence there was a strong onshore wind. The type of wind that you add on a slightly larger sinker, aim low, and hit the cast with everything you have. Under these conditions, I had to use my thumb to add some additional control over the spool. Under the given conditions, I considered the braking systems to be adequate. After not catching any fish and in the process of leaving, I heard a weather broadcast reporting 42mph onshore winds at the location where I was fishing. That makes the braking systems to be better than adequate. Excellent. Omoto rates the line capacity for 20 lb line to be 360 meters (394 yards). Berkley BG is larger in diameter, which results in a lesser spool capacity than 394 yards. I have settled on using 150 yards of 30# braid backing and a 25# Prospec top shot. You will need to match your conditions and structure. Hope this helps, Don
  13. HH, Thank you for the nice comments. blue crab, I am not sure as to your use of the 12 ft rod. The Omoto 7000 CS is often used by people going for large catfish. Omoto 7000 CSM (level wind with mag control) - bait casting or large plugs. Omoto 7000 CTM (non level wind with mag control) - surf casting The above reels come with 4 pin centrifugal brakes and 5.5:1 gear ratio. The Omoto displayed by HH is a purple Omoto Chief 7000 CSM. This model is also available in orange side plates and silver spool, green and silver, red and silver. The CS model is available in black and silver, orange and silver, purple and purple. The CTM model is available in red and silver, green and silver, blue and silver, purple and silver, orange and silver, black and titanium color. The above colors are available (but not listed) from the website.
  14. Here are a few pictures of Ulua tackle Slide Swivel Weighted Slide Swivel Stop Swivel Slide Gaff Slide Gaff With Internal Butterfly Reel Clip Explanations can be found on the S Tokunaga (Hilo) website under shoreline fishing/Ulua Fishing Gear
  15. Penn JigMaster, 3/0, 4/0, 6/0, and 9/0 have all been used for shore fishing. Typical line ratings/sizes used in Hawaii include JigMaster 40 & 50#, 3/0 50#, 4/0 50 & 60 #(some 80#), 6/0 80 & 100#, 9/0 100# (?) The designators are as follows: 113 - 4/0, H - High speed retrieve, L - Aluminum spool, W - Wide spool some various combinations are 113 H, 113 HL, 113 HLW For shore fishing the HLW is the more desirable model. Casting tournaments in Hawaii were broken into the following divisions: JigMaster 40# line, 4/0 60# line, 6/0 80# line