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Cape fear blanks
Posted by: ian duffield (---.dsl.bell.ca)
Date: September 10, 2017 10:01PM

New to the forum but have always looked it over, good site.

I did a search for Cape Fear blanks and found some old posts about them. I got several of these blanks years ago and built one into my Musky trolling rod, these blanks are indestructible. One of the blanks I have has a very soft tip but backbone that is perfect for my Musky spinning rod, its soft enough to get the spinners out there and powerful enough to get the Musky out of the weeds.

Anybody else built these blanks into Musky rods.

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Re: Cape fear blanks
Posted by: Fred Cory (---.nc.res.rr.com)
Date: September 11, 2017 09:49PM

Is this one of the hex blanks?

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Re: Cape fear blanks
Posted by: Harry Kelly (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: September 12, 2017 08:01AM

good luck finding them...

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Re: Cape fear blanks
Posted by: ian duffield (---.dsl.bell.ca)
Date: September 12, 2017 08:31AM

The blanks are the Hex with the cross section bracing, they came direct from the factory many year ago. I am not looking for any as I have several now but if I came across the one shorter model that I built into the Musky rod I would for sure sell some of the others I have to buy that one.

I love how the spine of the blank is identified and no matter how it is flexed the bend always heads in that direction, they even put the round raised graphite there.

Thanks for the replies

Ian

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Re: Cape fear blanks
Posted by: Bill Falconer (---.dhcp.stls.mo.charter.com)
Date: September 14, 2017 10:36AM

Ian, Ernie Horvath (and his son I think?) used to do work for Cape Fear. I'm with you...awesome blanks. Sorry they never took off. You probably won't have any luck but Ernie would be your best best IMHO. Think he is on here as Ernest Horvath. Good luck!

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Re: Cape fear blanks
Posted by: Ernest Horvath (---.lightspeed.rlghnc.sbcglobal.net)
Date: September 16, 2017 12:54PM

Bill, how are you doing? Yes many years have passed since Cape Fear. The blanks were just to time consuming to build to be a profitable market. Ian, the reason you can identify the spine is because that T had a layer of fiberglass in it, to give it better structure. I haven't seen any blanks for 5 or 6 years, and the folks that have them will not part with them.

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Re: Cape fear blanks
Posted by: ian duffield (---.dsl.bell.ca)
Date: September 16, 2017 08:39PM

Hi Ernest that's how they do the spine with a layer of fibre glass. I found that applying the epoxy on the wraps was a little time consuming and it didn't really stay on the corners to well for the first coat when rolling in the dryer. On my Musky rod I used cork and for the fore grip I used cut pieces of popsicle sticks pushed in to fill the void between the cork and the blank, I can only ream cork round and I only used cork. Then an oversized winding check and it was perfect. They are a little time consuming and for a rod builder to get them out the door and make a few dollars it was a tough go. They make great Musky rods for me though and living in the area I do with Musky at our door step they fit in well

I have several blanks here and I will be selling 4, when I can get the nerve to let them go.

Regards

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