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      #420410 - 03/02/12 10:22 AM

I'm building a 2wt fly tod. got all the components for the rod and a set-up for wrapping. Is a dryng motor essential? Anyone got an old one they want to sell? Can anyone point me to a good resource on "how-to"? THanks.

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: jakerau]
      #420426 - 03/02/12 06:57 PM

I just started myself but I would say yes. Depending on the finish you use on your guides wraps you would have to turn the rod by hand an awful long time. for 99 bucks you can order one from cabelas.

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: micropterus101]
      #420429 - 03/02/12 08:42 PM

heres one for alot less.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/18-rpm-rod-dryer...=item3371ac8105

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: micropterus101]
      #420431 - 03/02/12 10:17 PM

have a cheapie from ebay and they work good for basic rod drying. Would upgrade if I was doing it professionally..
main idea is to keep the rod turning so the finish doesn't sag. I think its very important to have the mechanical help since it takes quite awhile for it to dry and if you think its dry and stop turning when its not you will get sag on the finish. After putting the effort into building the rod you will not be pleased to make this mistake... I know personally

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: jakerau]
      #420442 - 03/03/12 05:45 AM

A drying motor is not essential. You will spend extra time babysitting it for an hour or so after each application off epoxy while turning by hand but a motor is not required. I have a turning schedule I can give if you end up needing it. Have fun!

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: 3RivrFishr]
      #420469 - 03/04/12 08:09 PM

I guess it can depend on the finish you are using to. The finish I use takes hours to set up and 24 hours to cure. The longer setting epoxies are more durable so i dont mind the extra time. I you go with a five minute setup there is no need for a motor but youll be re doing the guides soon.

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: micropterus101]
      #420489 - 03/07/12 09:12 AM

a drying machine is not essential, but i would never build a rod without one, here is a link to some rod building videos, http://www.batsonenterprises.com/rod-building-videos

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: adamh]
      #420674 - 03/20/12 10:05 AM

Thanks for the input! Another question: How do I know where to place the guides. The rod did not come with anything. Its a Batson 2 wt 6.5 ft fly rod. Thanks.

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: jakerau]
      #420677 - 03/20/12 02:44 PM

you should find what you need here,.

http://www.batsonenterprises.com/Guide-Space1.htm

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: micropterus101]
      #420678 - 03/20/12 03:18 PM

Awesome. Thanks, Micro. FOund my rod. Question: Am I correct to assume the spacing is from the tip down? Thanks again.

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: jakerau]
      #420679 - 03/20/12 03:24 PM

yes from the tip down.


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Re: First build - questions new [Re: jakerau]
      #420726 - 03/23/12 03:57 PM



First night I got the handle assembly put together. THen,a fter a couple practice wraps, I mounted the hooke keeper. Need to had some more thread to the one side, and I plan to accent with some silver. It came with a sticker, so sticker went on as well. Do you epoxy over the sticker?

Been looking at pictures online of people's work. Would love to see yours. Post here if you want to show off. I'm looking for ideas. Anyone ever put feathers on a rod, or do those diamond wraps?

THanks for the advice! Any additional critique/advice is welcome!


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Re: First build - questions new [Re: jakerau]
      #420727 - 03/23/12 06:36 PM

Yes you do finish coat over the decal. You also should be wrapping over the ends of the decal so it does not lift during your finish coating or before. Usually butt the hook keeper wrap up against the winding check and then ramp the finish coat a bit if you want.

Haven't done any feathers in rods yet, but I have the instructions if you need them. I do diamond wraps all the time. I would get a few rods if not a hundred under your belt before you attempt a decorative. You can be hours or days into a wrap and if anything goes wrong, all that work is wasted and you cut off and start over. Get used to finish coating before attempting decorative wraps. The finish coat can make or break a rod in the end. Also get used to burnishing the thread, one slip with the burnishing tool, you throw a thread and its hard to salvage the decorative wrap. When it comes to finish coating, try not to whip the finish coat, just gently fold it and don't lift your utensil out of it. Good luck, if you have any further questions, give a shout out and I'll answer them asap.

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: CastawayChris]
      #420790 - 03/29/12 10:30 AM

You can also watch this beginners video and pick up a few pointers. http://www.batsonenterprises.com/rod-building-videos

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: Rainshadow]
      #420791 - 03/29/12 10:33 AM

Also here is an article from back issue of Batson news on Feathers http://clients.criticalimpact.com/newsletter/newslettercontentshow1.cfm?contentid=2963&id=454

Also just check out our back issues here for loads of information. http://batsonenterprises.com/previous-newsletters

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: Rainshadow]
      #420797 - 03/29/12 05:03 PM

Great info! Thanks, everyone. Wrapping guides and finishing, then she's done.

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: jakerau]
      #421305 - 05/02/12 11:07 AM

Finished. Not perfect (notice the stripping guide is backwards) but it casts great. Already assembling components for my next build! Thanks for the advice and help!


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Re: First build - questions new [Re: jakerau]
      #421399 - 05/08/12 09:00 AM

My second rod is in the works. A Med-Hvy 9' spin outfit. Trying to figure out the diamond pattern. Not perfect, but i'm working on it.

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: jakerau]
      #421444 - 05/11/12 10:12 PM

Looking good!

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: 3RivrFishr]
      #423455 - 11/01/12 10:23 PM

Thanks!

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: 3RivrFishr]
      #423459 - 11/02/12 06:45 AM

How about posting that manual turning schedule? Wrapped second section doesn't fit in the jig.

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Re: First build - questions new [Re: DHoorn]
      #423464 - 11/02/12 10:38 AM

Jakerau that looks good

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Re: First build - questions [Re: Marty]
      #424932 - 08/10/13 07:29 AM

Realy gladigot on the site today. Looking to be home this time 2015 and build some rods. Hope to be able to hit the water with some of you and and have you give an honest critique. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time.

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