How soon have you fished a rod after applying finish?

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  1. VancouverFisher

    VancouverFisher Lucky if I get out anymore!

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    What's the soonest you have ever fished a rod after you have applied the finish to the wraps, etc? Please share your experiences - good or bad (this question comes up because I just wrapped a Dan Craft FT4904 and was thinking of putting on one more coat of epoxy this afternoon before tomorrow's outing).
     
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    Van, if it's epoxy, I'd be leary of fishing it that soon. Epoxy feels dry to the touch after twenty-four hours, but it takes several days to cure properly. I'd use different rod if it needs another coat.
     
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    yeah don't rush it. put on the extra coat, but i'd wait a week to be safe. that's lots of work to risk due to impatience. i think 3 days is the soonest i've ever tried and i had no problems, but i'd wait a week.
     
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    Something else, if this is your first rod, don't try to do it with one thick coat. Use two thin coats. Otherwise you will likely have a disaster on your hands. To my mind, epoxy is the toughest part of the process and requires time and practice to perfect. I'm not there yet.
     
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    Last summer, I fished a 9150, spey rod around 10 hours after applying the finish to the tip section. Since it was dry to the touch, I wasn't too concerned about it. I hooked and landed a nice 8 pound male SH.

    Don
     
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    I think it just depends on how your epoxy is setting up. If you do it right it can be rock hard in a few hours, otherwise can take awhile. I've fished rods the next day, no problem. Since you're in Vancouver you should consider checking in with the Clark-Skamania FlyFishers, unlimited resources !!
     
  8. VancouverFisher

    VancouverFisher Lucky if I get out anymore!

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    Since it was my first rod, I decided to hold off and let it cure for a week. Better safe than sorry. Thanks for the info.
     

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