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IronClad
01-16-2016, 09:18 PM
Building this one up for myself.

Its a Rainshadow RX7 ISA1446F. 12' 12-25 heavy mod fast 3/4 -1 1/2 ounce blank. Alps guides, alps alumimum single trigger seat, custom diamond weave carbon fiber split grip to an eva/ gimble butt. Also neon green thread

I'm building this as a salmon / surf rod. Yes a 12 foot salmon rod. I dont subscribe to the short rods that most use here in the valley. Primary use will be drift fishing for salmon, then surf perch on the coast for when the surf is a little on the rough side for my 8-17 clarus.


Just started on it tonight and almost have the top section done, tomorrow i'll be building the grip since i need to cut my tubing. Really looking forward to this rod, ive been brain storming on it for a long time now.

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IronClad
01-17-2016, 05:52 PM
Grip glued. I took a time lapse of the process of mocking up the grip that i'll have to edit and upload later on

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CAL.NDN
01-17-2016, 06:00 PM
Nice looking Rod there Matt

salmonid
01-17-2016, 06:48 PM
Looking real good! I didn't know those carbon fiber grips could be added so easily (not that making a rod is easy).

Show us the final product?

IronClad
01-17-2016, 07:01 PM
Carbon fiber grips are a piece of cake. I like using them way more than cork, You can even do a repair job on cork using a carbon fiber tube. Just sand down the cork to fit inside the tube and epoxy the tube on ! The only down side to the tube is that it is fairly rigid but the rod isnt really going to be bending much in the butt section. It is also kind of a pain to cut if you need to ( most tubes are sold in 12" or 14" which is standard for most rear grips) Best to use a extremely thing abrasive cutting wheel and some serious rpm's on it. I should have some finished product pictures on tuesday, The top section is currently in the dryer and should be done in the morning sometime and the bottom section is curing at the moment so once all the epoxy in the grips cures i can wrap it and finish it so all said and done with drying time id say tuesday :D

Editing up the time lapse of the grip build and putting rod finish on the top half right now, so may be up tonight/tomorrow

LURKER916
01-17-2016, 07:17 PM
Looking good brother!

bish0p
01-17-2016, 10:37 PM
That's a very nice looking rod.

IronClad
01-17-2016, 10:56 PM
Well here is the video, It has music because 2+ mins of silence is pretty awkward so if you dont like flogging molly turn it off =P just a fore warning. This is just mock up stage, I'm reaming holes in eva trim pieces and building arbors ( the masking tape) for the reel seat and handles. Now before you go omg masking tape wtf ? Yes masking tape. That 400 dollar IMX or lami SI You have ? Yeah its full of masking tape, Basically every rod manufacture builds their arbors with masking tape. They do make full reel seat arbors that are made from graphite but they are a serious pain and i dont have a big enough reamer.

So after this stage i take it all back apart and start slowly putting it back together with epoxy. I'll save you any video of that as its a slow tedious process with alot of swearing and getting epoxy everywhere.


https://youtu.be/aWcdZrq_w_I

IronClad
01-19-2016, 02:34 PM
Well final (?) product pics ! I may end up adding more thread to the exposed butt section but we'll see. Also on the butt it looks as though the thread gap is wider than the other and that is because there is a hook keeper down there ( for long leaders ;)

Really happy with how it turned out! It casts like a dream, I can dump over half my spool with only 1/2 ounce of weight and those of us that fish long rods know it can be a pain to cast real light weight with super long rods especially if they are kind of stiff.

Now if i could just get alot better and make this a full time job maybe..

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Video of the bendo


https://youtu.be/EYs4FYZX08Q

CAL.NDN
01-19-2016, 04:10 PM
Cool Rod bro

CAL.NDN
01-20-2016, 07:22 PM
You becoming real good bro at building them. I bet a lexa would fit better on that big Rod ;)

IronClad
01-21-2016, 03:46 PM
You becoming real good bro at building them. I bet a lexa would fit better on that big Rod ;)
Shes got mojo baby!

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Glad i decided to fish it today for the hell of it. It got me my very first steelhead

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CAL.NDN
01-21-2016, 03:48 PM
Hell yea bro about time. That's hell of sweet and glad you finally got one you put in many of days years lol. Beautiful fish

bish0p
01-21-2016, 05:49 PM
I like the winding check. Is there a small ramp of epoxy between the winding check and thread?

I've got the itch to build another rod.

IronClad
01-21-2016, 06:03 PM
I like the winding check. Is there a small ramp of epoxy between the winding check and thread?

I've got the itch to build another rod.

Nope no ramp, the winding check is sized to account for the thread thickness so it fits rather snug. I wrapped it slid the check down then used just a little super glue to hold it in place then when i did my finish i made sure to get it soaking down into it then continued on.

salmonid
01-21-2016, 06:15 PM
That rod looked fishy to me!

Congrats,

Maxumfishin
01-02-2017, 01:30 PM
IC,
First of all, from a fellow Eurekian, great looking fishing rod!
Just getting started with this newest of hobbies and wonder if I can PM you form time to time?

IronClad
01-02-2017, 01:35 PM
IC,
First of all, from a fellow Eurekian, great looking fishing rod!
Just getting started with this newest of hobbies and wonder if I can PM you form time to time?

Thanks! it ended up being my go to rod i use 99% of the time. You can PM me any time, I'll try to answer any question with the best of my ability.

Tifoso
01-02-2017, 01:39 PM
Outstanding! :vino: