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Striper Migration Map – May 6, 2016

Striper Migration Map – May 6, 2016

2016 Striper Migration Map The Chesapeake Bay spawn is done, and those big post-spawn stripers are moving out and heading up the coast. Fresh schoolie stripers have been reported as far north as New Hampshire, and bass over 30 inches are being caught from Connecticut to the Cape Cod Canal. Chesapeake Bay Striper Report The Maryland DNR reports that striper spawning is over in most of the rivers, and last week catches in the middle and lower bay were exceptional for large post-spawn striped bass. These bass are feeding heavily on menhaden before they exit the bay and head up the coast. The striped bass catch and release fishery near the Susquehanna Flats now is mostly dominated by striped bas... »

Step 1 – Finding the Spine

Step 1 – Finding the Spine

Step 1 – Finding the Spine This step confuses most beginners. Simply put, all blanks are tubular and hollow and due to the way they’re manufactured, they have a stiff side called a spine which should be located in order to properly position the guides and reel seat. All you really need to do is put the butt section (of each part) on the tip of your shoe and lightly – did I say “lightly?” – press down on the tip until the blank finds a natural curve. Mark the convex, or outside, curve of the blank to help you align guides. You can place a piece of masking tape on the butt and tip of each section to aid this process. Simply put the mark on the tape. Congratulations! You’ve found the spin... »

Step 2 – Installing Grips and Reel Seat

Step 2 – Installing Grips and Reel Seat

Our kits include a “preformed” grip, but it still must be reamed to fit snugly on the butt section of the blank above the reel seat. Pay attention to the taper of the blank when reaming, noting that the diameter decreases as you proceed “up” the blank. Some folks lightly sand the section to which the grip will be epoxied for better adhesion, but be careful not to damage the blank. Now you install the reel seat. The first step is to install masking tape to be used as shims. Wrap approximately two thirds of the area to be covered by the reel seat, leaving 1/8-1/4” gaps between tape wraps. At this point, you may also apply masking tape to all wooden, threaded and hooded parts of the seat to kee... »

Step 3 – Guide Spacing

Step 3 – Guide Spacing

Step 3 – Guide Spacing Below, you’ll find the proper spacing of the guides. Note that all guide spacings are measured beginning from the tip section and that you’ll need to assemble the blank prior to measuring for correct placement of guides. Also, different length rods have differing measurements and number of guides, so be certain to follow the chart applying to your particular blank. All spacing figures are measured in inches without tip top attached. Be sure to attach the tip top first! Rod Length and Guide Placement from the Tip Down to Center of Guide (in inches) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 6 1/2′ 4 9 15 21 28 35.5 45 7′ 4 9 14 19.5 25.5 32.5 40.5 50 7 1/3′ 4.5 9.7... »

Step 4 – Guide Wrapping

Step 4 – Guide Wrapping

Step 4 – Guide Wrapping Smooth any rough edges found on the guide feet to prevent damage to the blank and to smooth the area over which the thread is wound. You may do so with a small file or other grinding tool. Most of the guides we sell will be “pre-ground,” but it is still good practice to check. It is common for fly rod builders to place the guides on the “outside” or convex side of the blank. That’s usually what I do, but know that this matter continues to be one of the great controversies among custom builders. (Some of the best known manufacturers that I’ve spoken with do just the opposite!) For double foot snake guides, place tape securely on one foot to hold the guide in plac... »

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