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Jared  
#21 Posted : Monday, February 15, 2016 8:34:08 AM(UTC)
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I got the 686 in blue with fighting butt. I plan on more warmwater with this rod, smallies, carp etc. Plus I know I love the taper having cast it previously.

My arsenal of rods needs more mid weight options so that factored in too.

Edited by user Monday, February 15, 2016 8:35:53 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

"I often wonder why anyone as lazy, as fond of fishing and so little concerned with dogma as myself should have chosen such a hard path"
-Roderick Haig-Brown
Jimbern  
#22 Posted : Monday, February 15, 2016 5:50:44 PM(UTC)
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Jared:

The motor's output gear is friction fit into a nylon bushing that is just epoxied to the a center-drilled hole in the PVC cap.
Nylon screws can be found at any Loews or Home Depot. The raw end of the screws are tipped with those soft, white rubbery caps used to protect the raw ends of metal wire shelving.

The geared timing motor came from: http://www.sciplus.com/
Jimbern  
#23 Posted : Monday, February 15, 2016 5:54:15 PM(UTC)
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I guess I should add that you need to tap the screw holes to match the screw threading.
Jared  
#24 Posted : Tuesday, February 16, 2016 8:44:09 AM(UTC)
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Thanks Jim. I have a similar surplus place by me, I'll check it out. I have a set of taps, sounds like my weekend project before the kit shows up.
"I often wonder why anyone as lazy, as fond of fishing and so little concerned with dogma as myself should have chosen such a hard path"
-Roderick Haig-Brown
MN Mountain Man  
#25 Posted : Friday, March 4, 2016 8:48:44 PM(UTC)
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I just completed a build on a four piece ARE 9' 4/5 wt blank. I tried to get a little more fancy with my guide wraps which ended up taking way more time than I anticipated. I like the action of these blanks (medium action) but ARE started printing their names on the blanks which kinda sucks.
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Hopefully it will see the water sooner than later...
NE IA Drifter  
#26 Posted : Friday, March 4, 2016 9:39:01 PM(UTC)
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Nice I like the color! I got my kit in the mail this week. Tonight was the only night I would have had time to start it but I decided getting ready to fish tomorrow was more important! Pumped to start it though.
weiliwen  
#27 Posted : Saturday, March 5, 2016 10:45:26 AM(UTC)
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I guess I need to start making rods. I'm looking to build a Frick's Fix rod, like an 8' 5 weight that doesn't cost a bunch, in case I smack the fly against the rod. Not gonna do that with my Hardy!!
Bob Williams, "Weiliwen"
MN Mountain Man  
#28 Posted : Saturday, March 5, 2016 7:00:11 PM(UTC)
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NE IA and Jared, I'm looking forward to seeing the finished products!

Weiliwen there is an initial investment in building/buying a rod jig, thread, epoxy, etc but it's a cost effective way of fueling your fishing habit! You can build a great rod for $70.00 in materials. Not to mention it's a great feeling to catch a trout on a rod you built! Whenever I land a really good cast it's like "yeah, I did that!"RollEyes

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TheFadingAngler  
#29 Posted : Tuesday, April 19, 2016 12:43:45 PM(UTC)
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For those of you who've built an Epic 686, did you spine (spline?) your sections? Even the butt section?
NE IA Drifter  
#30 Posted : Tuesday, April 19, 2016 6:37:41 PM(UTC)
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TheFadingAngler wrote:
For those of you who've built an Epic 686, did you spine (spline?) your sections? Even the butt section?


I have the 476 sounds like spining the first sections is usually done but not necessarily the butt section. If you do want to do the butt section I would recommend adding a few of the upper sections to the butt here's a good video
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