HORNY 11' 2/3wt Switch Build

Discussion in 'Rod Building' started by William Wallace, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. William Wallace Active Member

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    Graham Wa
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    Well having a little fun building a lil trout switch. Purchased an 11' 2/3 wt blank, cheap, but will be fun to building something again to get the rust off. Had an old antler rack in the garage that was just collecting dust and cut 3 1/2" off the base for my lower handle.

    It may look a little off kilter, but it fits perfect in my hand and feels very comfortable.

    Just attached the reel seat tonight! Getting closer! Now I have to figure how I want the forward handle. I know I will be putting a section or two more of antler into the handle. It will look ungodly, but I know it will be mine and it will get some beautiful fish!

    Right now, even with the reel, it is still top heavy and balances awesome. For me, I like the lower half to have more weight, to me it balances once I get line out and start casting. Just my liking.

    More pics to follow. Any comments ot suggestions, please do not hesitate and post. I need all the help I can get.

    BRAVEHEART
  2. Nick Clayton Active Member

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    Sounds like a fun project. Cool little rod.
  3. jessejames Flyslinger

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    Show Low, Arizona
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    Neat thing about building you own. You can do what you want. Cool project.
    jesse
  4. William Wallace Active Member

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    Graham Wa
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    Got great idea for forward handle!!!! Have not seen it done yet on any rod. I know maybe some has, but never seen. Stay tuned!
  5. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    where'd you get an 11' 2/3 wt blank??? I want one!!!
  6. Wadecalvin Member

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    Redmond Oregon
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    Anglers Roost Enterprises- google it= they have one- also, they have a new 12' 3/4 the 2/3 is pretty noodle-like-
  7. William Wallace Active Member

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    Graham Wa
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    Just bought the 12' er to give a try. Have all the guides on and tried it with a line or two.

    So far for me it likes around 250 to 280 grains. 300 seems a little heavy and really bends to the reel seat. Still having fun! Almost done, then I will get it all up here.
  8. William Wallace Active Member

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    Graham Wa
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    Almost done with the forward handle. Was talking with my neighbor and said I now have to figure out what to do with buying cork. Couple days later while shooting my bow in back yard he came out to me with a baskit of cool things! Wine and champane corks.....hummmmmmmm..neat idea!

    So far this is what I came up with, still need to sand to get proper feel, but what a hell of an idea! Never seen it done, probably it has been done before, but what a cool thing.

    End corks are champane and middle are wine corks. Fits my hand beautiful, love the small corks to feel the blank bend. I can feel what the blank is doing to the bend, knowing if I am over loading or under loading. Glad he gave these to me, cause if not the handle would have cost me over 50 bucks!

    Once I sand handle to liking, I will post more pics.

    What do ya think for a couple of drunks!!!!!

    BRAVEHEART
  9. Matthew LeBret Active Member

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    clarkston, wa
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    That is a crazy Idea :thumb: It has a great shape with the bubbly cork on the ends! All around great build so far
  10. John Wallace Active Member

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    I know we have been talking Bro, but that is awesome. I have been waiting for pictures. Hope you are going to do that with the 12 footer too!!!!
  11. Nooksack Mac Active Member

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    However it turns out, you have created the Original Drunk'nHorny Switch Rod.