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Reworking an old rod...

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We all have those favorite rods that have been around for a while. I have two lamiglas gbt841l rods that I wrapped up around 1990. The builds were designed for CA party boat and pier fishing--basically for casting light baits or underhand casting off the piers.

 

The rods were favorites and I caught an incredible number of fish on them. After moving here they saw limited use and once I hopped in the kayak, they haven't seen the water much at all.

 

Last winter I decided to rebuild one, but I haven't been doing much building and didn't finish it until last week.

 

The rod was last wrapped around 1992 and was pretty beat:

 

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little rust on the guides:

 

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o216/Yakfishpics/rodbuilding/old1.jpg]

 

Some guides were replaced using the 5 minute sally hansen method:

 

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The handle assembly wasn't ideal for yak fishing with bigger plastics, even for the yak it was a little short, plus it was a bit worn from some very hard use:

 

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o216/Yakfishpics/rodbuilding/old3.jpg]

 

I stripped the rod, removing all guides, grip, and reel seat. Then I sanded it and painted it for a new look. I redesigned the rod for the way I fish now...

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The goal was to use smaller lighter guides and lighten the rod up a little bit. I ended up with a rod that was 1 oz lighter, mostly from using small wraps and titanium guides. I also moved the reel up and made a grip assembly better suited to a day of tossing plastics.

 

the rod is designed for casting 7-10" hogys on 1/2 to 3/4 oz heads.

 

The new handle looks a little snappier than the old one...

 

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Since the rod is about 20+ years old, I tried to go back to wraps I might have done 20 years ago, I settled on open wraps to let the newly painted blank shine through and some very simple patterns.

 

The butt wrap:

 

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The wrap in between the split grips:

 

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The grip assembly is a bit longer than it was before...compared to its partner rod:

 

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o216/Yakfishpics/rodbuilding/new9.jpg]

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I spiral wrapped the guides, using 3 double foot titanium guides and 5 tldbs for running guides.

 

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I have been using the tldbs on my heavy plastic rods and they have definitely proved themselves. They have a serious impact on sensitivity by creating a light tip section while retaining strong guides.

 

I used a pearl thread underneath and no CP to let the pearl shine through. That gave the guides an interesting look.

 

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the tldbs were simply wrapped with different colors of grey

 

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I took it our for a practice run last week in Boston harbor, and the new rod defintely works!

 

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o216/Yakfishpics/rodbuilding/IMGP2310.jpg]

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some of the ideas for the rod were stolen from the best wrappers here! :D

 

I will have to make a separate post about the tldb and my experiences with them over the last few seasons. I'm pretty hard on my tackle as you can see from the first pics, but those little guys have fared better than other guides I have used.

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automotive paint. I'm not sure how long it will last, it is an experiment for me.

 

There are bass year round in boston harbor, just not that many of them. The fish that stay behind don't seem to differentiate between custom rods and ugly sticks even though I wish they would!

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Mike O. are you saying at you age the only chance you have left is the money angle. Dont give up yet man.

 

Mike O is not fooling anybody, he's a repeat top 3 finisher in triathelons and dead lifts steel construction beams for fun. Beautiful work Slappy.

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