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I've built a 4pc spinning rod

Postby Sherlock » Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:33 am

Hi all,

I thought I would show you this 4 piece spinning rod that I've recently built.

Its a Forecast RX6 4pc blank from the Spin Bass series from Batson Enterprises.
SB720-4, 6'0", 4pc, 4-8lb, lure wt. 1/16 - 5/16oz. Individual sections are about 480mm.

Its a charcoal grey coloured blank and I've used basic Batson VS guides and a Batson handle kit.
The components are similar to a lot of the Black Diamond rods and are virtually identical to a BD "Bluestone Bream" rod I bought some years ago, particularly so far as having a 2" fore grip and 4" rear grip etc.

I haven't fished with it yet, but I had some casts with a Tassie devil cobra, tied on without the hooks and its awesome. Its a nice lightweight, crisp blank that will be excellent as an allround rod for trout fishing and bushwalking and for taking on an occasional interstate trip.

Here is a breakdown of costs for anyone interested (in US Dollars):

4pc Blank.......................$31.00

Handle Kit
(inc. fore and rear grips,
reel seat, shim, butt cap,
winding checks)...............$13.00

Guides
(20,12,8,6,6,6
inc. tip-top
and hook-keeper).............$8.00

Extras
(Epoxy, glue, thread
acetone, brushes,
cups etc)......................~$5.00
TOTAL..........................$57.00

The Postage for two blanks and components was $32.00, so $16.00 per rod. I ordered the next blank up in the series also, a 3pc 6'6" 6-12lb (the costs were exactly the same), so I'll be building that up pretty soon too.

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Re: I've built a 4pc spinning rod

Postby ahowell » Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:38 am

looks unreal Dale - and cheap! nice work mate, you'll be getting orders before long :D
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Re: I've built a 4pc spinning rod

Postby eddystone » Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:46 am

Nice work Dale,

As Andy said looks good and cheap as chips!

The old batson blanks go ok hey :D

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Re: I've built a 4pc spinning rod

Postby Pender » Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:22 am

That's brilliant! I take it you have used epoxy to 'varnish' over the thread? What type have you used and how do you get it to look so clean and neat?
Nice job - somewhat inspiring actually - I may have to give this a go, especially for 57 bucks.

Cheers for sharing!

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Re: I've built a 4pc spinning rod

Postby Jasong » Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:43 am

Nice job Sherlock,

I have a 7' 3 piece, 10-17lb Batson that I built for myself a few years back. I went with almost no foregrip and a split rear grip (turned them myself). It is a bloody nice rig and surprisingly will cast pretty light weights. I love the three piece rods, so compact and easy to lug around. I actually built mine prior to a trip to the mainland to visit my brother. Much easier to get a tube 600 long on the plane than one much longer!

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Re: I've built a 4pc spinning rod

Postby Sherlock » Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:46 am

Andrew,
Its really worth having a go at some rod building, its not as hard as it might seem.

I use Erskine's epoxy that bought from Bridges Bros, it seems to be fine, but the most common brand that people use is Flex-coat. The epoxy has the brilliant quality that it is self-levelling, you just slap it on to the bindings and it looks perfect with out much effort at all. It takes a little bit of practice to get the thread bindings nice and neat, but again, its quite easy.

Not sure if you saw this fly rod that I built last year, but have a look at the post for some more information:
viewtopic.php?f=23&t=8821
Also, go on to Youtube and search "Mudhole rod building", these video clips are really helpful

Jason
I am thinking of going up to north queensland next year, so I thought I'd build the 6-12lb 6'6" which might be suitable as a light barra rod. These Batson blanks definately give pretty good "bang for the buck"
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Re: I've built a 4pc spinning rod

Postby ben » Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:12 pm

good work sherlock, looks like youve done a very nice job =D> 8)

eddystone wrote:Nice work Dale,

As Andy said looks good and cheap as chips!

The old batson blanks go ok hey :D

Pat


pat,
BD used the baston blanks didnt they??
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