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  1. Telescopic Musky Rod

    It is difficult to mame your own telescopic blanks as each piece must match perfectly and also be of comparable power. Blank options for this are pretty limited but I did come across this
  2. Trigger Transplant

    My thoughts would be to remove the trigger off of a tpssd or tpsm and attatch it to the side/bottom of the current reel seat. 2-3 small screws (recessed) would probably be required. Either use epoxy or even a plastic welder to attach and reinforce with the screws. File/sand the edges for a smooth transition. Probably not too difficult but a little tedious though.
  3. Trigger Transplant

    probably so...
  4. Trigger Transplant

    Could you post a pic? I may be able to find something for you and fix it when you are down in the spring.
  5. Trigger Transplant

    May be able to replace the handle. I believe I know of a place that still has these old Lews handles. Pistol grip?
  6. Best Way to Ship?

    Fedex is my choice and pvc is honestly the best way. Fedex has triangular shipping tubes that you can piece together and use a spine for reinforcement. Using fedex you should be able to ship for under $30 using their triangular or a PVC tube. I have also used the USPS with mixed results...kinda depends on who is working and how they measure.
  7. Matte Powder Paint
  8. restoring old rods

    I do this a good bit for people that understand that the cost to restore most likely will outweigh the value of the rod. Those that choose to have them restored state that the sentimental/functional value of the rods far outweighs the cost of the restore and gladly pay. Generally speaking guide replacement $6/guide plus cost of guide. Handle replace: $25 plus cost of materials Blank refinish/paint/etc: $30 Decorative wraps/weaves depends on difficulity custom inscription/decal $5
  9. Need help finding the spine!!

    Blanks will generally have more than one spine. Ignore the spine and build the rod on the straightest axis. Forget what you read about really is irrelivent
  10. rod repair?

    Where are you located? Shipping the rod to someone to repair would cost MUCH more than the repair itself. Check out and search for a rodbuilder/repair guy in your area. This is a simple repair and should run you about $10-$20 depending on the cost of the guide you will be replacing.
  11. Roberts Wrap On Frogging Rod

    No, it really doesn't matter. They may put the transitions guide(s) on the same side as the reel handle so if a rod is laying down, these guides are not being pressed into the deck, floor, etc.
  12. Definition Of "tuned Rod"

    Trimming a blank from the tip will increase its power and its action (make it faster). Trimming a blank from its butt will decrease its power and slow its action.
  13. Definition Of "tuned Rod"

    To some degree...more forgiving than graphite.
  14. Roberts Wrap On Frogging Rod

    It would work great!
  15. Definition Of "tuned Rod"

    Anything you do to a blank after purchase will not make the blank better tuned. Unless there was a paint/finish applied at the factory, any sanding that occurs to the graphite fibers will weaken the blank and cause failure. You can, however, trim the tip or but sections to change the action of the blank. The sensitivity of the blank comes from the graphite fibers and the resin used to laminate the fibers. Anything else added takes away the sensitivity...painting and clear coating included. handles, reel seats, guides all add weight and reduce senstivity. The lightist/most sensitive will be just a bare blank. Removing the factory paint/clear coat would increase the sensitivity and make it lighter/more sensitive.