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Calstar RT80 Sword Rod
Posted by: Frank Tropepe (---.hsd1.fl.comcast.net)
Date: June 06, 2018 12:47PM

Been searching for some answers that have been hard to come by. Seeing if anyone can help me out here. RT80 rod which is going to be 60" from tip to ferrule. Rod is 5' 6" stock so needs a little trimming. Going to take most off the bottom but wondering if anyone has built a sword rod and how much they took off the tip if any? Weight used is 10-12lbs of lead.

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Re: Calstar RT80 Sword Rod
Posted by: Phil Ewanicki (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: June 06, 2018 02:22PM

I suspect they have the profile of a cue stick?

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Re: Calstar RT80 Sword Rod
Posted by: Frank Tropepe (---.hsd1.fl.comcast.net)
Date: June 06, 2018 02:47PM

Pretty close.

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Re: Calstar RT80 Sword Rod
Posted by: Chuck McIntyre (172.58.56.---)
Date: June 06, 2018 04:06PM

Go for the RT130 instead. I suspect your choice will suffice though. I wouldn't trim from the bottom. Is there a reason for trimming?

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Re: Calstar RT80 Sword Rod
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---.hsd1.or.comcast.net)
Date: June 06, 2018 06:11PM

instead of doing all that cutting and guessing, couldn't you nust use something like the Rainshadow Stubbies, 42 1/2" long in stock form. Comes in 50, 80, and 130 lb. line class. A bunch cheaper also I bet than a Calstar.

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Re: Calstar RT80 Sword Rod
Posted by: Frank Tropepe (---.hsd1.fl.comcast.net)
Date: June 06, 2018 08:57PM

Looking for a 60" length without the bent butt attached. Cost really isn't the issue. We are mounting a 5k dollar reel.

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Re: Calstar RT80 Sword Rod
Posted by: Frank Tropepe (---.hsd1.fl.comcast.net)
Date: June 06, 2018 08:59PM

I will look at the 130. I talked with Calstar today and they recommend the 80 based on the 10-12lb of lead we are using. I also found a few other threads online where builders were using the 80. The 80 is 5' 6". Looking for a 60" rod without the bent butt attached. It will be around 7' with bent butt. Any longer than that is a bit excessive.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/06/2018 09:00PM by Frank Tropepe.

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Re: Calstar RT80 Sword Rod
Posted by: Bruno Giuliari (12.10.199.---)
Date: June 11, 2018 03:40PM

Frank,
IMO the Rt130 is going way to stout for swordfish you’ll end up pulling hooks on them. I’ve built them on the RT80 72” with a Aftco UB6 unibutt. With the longer blank the rod flexes more and results in less pulled hooks.

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