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Cheap fly rod blanks?
Posted by: Michael Friddle (166.82.135.---)
Date: January 19, 2006 07:03AM

Who has cheap fly rod blanks that I can use to make crappie rods from?
Thanks for your help!!

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Re: Cheap fly rod blanks?
Posted by: Steve Kartalia (---.ferc.gov)
Date: January 19, 2006 07:31AM

Assuming you mean "crappie" the fish and not "crappie" the quality, I would look to RX6 series from Batson (also called Forecast series). They are inexpensive but good quality blanks for budget projets. If you dress them up with fancy components, they could surprise a lot of people. Hook and Hackle carries them and offers nice online order discounts. Their link is on the left. Utmost enterprises also has some great deals on closeout cosmetic blemished blanks. Others worth considering are Tiger Eye fly blanks (made by Sevier and sold by many of the sponsors). Those are my three votes for best inexpensive fly blanks.

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Re: Cheap fly rod blanks?
Posted by: Michael Friddle (166.82.135.---)
Date: January 19, 2006 07:43AM

Thanks Steve.
Yes I meant the fish LOL.

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Re: Cheap fly rod blanks?
Posted by: bill boettcher (---.250.150.189.Dial1.Weehawken1.Level3.net)
Date: January 19, 2006 07:59AM

Check these out [www.schneidersrods.com]

glass on the bottom of the page, and check the specials



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/19/2006 08:02AM by bill boettcher.

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Re: Cheap fly rod blanks?
Posted by: Randy Parpart (Putter) (---.nccray.com)
Date: January 19, 2006 09:41AM

I've played with the Forecast from Batson also; heck of a blank; cant believe they build 'em so nice and sell 'em so cheap!! I got the last one from Neal's (sponsor to the left). He was real good to work through.

Putter
Williston, ND

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Re: Cheap fly rod blanks?
Posted by: bill boettcher (---.250.150.189.Dial1.Weehawken1.Level3.net)
Date: January 19, 2006 09:45AM

Here are some close outs [www.fishsticks4u.com]

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Re: Cheap fly rod blanks?
Posted by: Greg Hileman (---.cessna.textron.com)
Date: January 19, 2006 10:04AM

I built a Forecast salmon/steelhead blank that is 9' long and rated for 4-8 lb. test. It is a lot of fun and is a great rod for crappie and even some bass. It has become one of my favorite spinning rods.

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Re: Cheap fly rod blanks?
Posted by: Bruce A. Tomaselli (---.dioceseaj.org)
Date: January 19, 2006 10:09AM

I have a related question about blanks, what is a clear matte finish?

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Re: Cheap fly rod blanks?
Posted by: Randy Parpart (Putter) (---.nccray.com)
Date: January 19, 2006 10:58AM

Many of the All Stars are with this finish, Bruce. They're a matte gray (slate gray) color, but smooth and a clear finish, but not really glossy. I like the color and finish on this style blank.

Putter
Williston, ND

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Re: Cheap fly rod blanks?
Posted by: James Mello (---.haydrian.com)
Date: January 19, 2006 03:24PM

Bruce A. Tomaselli Wrote:
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> I have a related question about blanks, what is a
> clear matte finish?

Depends on the graphite :) What it really means is that whatever color the rod is coming from the oven, that is the color of the blank. The matte finish doesn't add any color, hence it is "clear". Overall like Putter said, they are usually a slate gray, but they can range from pretty dark, to pretty light.

-- Cheers
-- James

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