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First Rod Build

Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:38 am
by Nztayls
Recently completed my first rod build - an Epic 480. I was pleasantly suprised and how un-complicated this was, and just how easy it was to get a professional looking finish. This is also my first glass rod I've owned since my very first rod about 20 years ago - and wow, what I great rod to cast.

Was lucky enough to have a business trip to the US recently - so picked up a hand-wrapper and a rod drier, which definitely helped, especially the drier which ensured a real nice smooth finish over the wraps. Not sure now if I will ever buy an "off the shelf rod again, and I am already planning my next build (an Epic 888 for a trip to chase Bones in the Cooks later in 2017). Anyway, some photos attached, including its first victim, a nice 4lb Brown from the Hutt (released to fight another day).

https://goo.gl/photos/sJX99jecPt8NY3BT8

Re: First Rod Build

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:25 pm
by upstream
Great effort. That looks really good!

Re: First Rod Build

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:36 pm
by Johnno
Good for you ! It's an addiction.......

Re: First Rod Build

Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:34 am
by AJS Reels
Nice build there and fish as well. What brand of line did you use?
Just finished a glass CTS 476-3 and got a 406 4wt line for it, hope to fish soon :)

Re: First Rod Build

Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:21 pm
by Nztayls
Thanks. I'm using a 4wt Double Taper glass line that is produced by Epic. Casts really nice, kids like casting a spiderweb with a toothpick!