Meiser switch

Discussion in 'Rod Building' started by Matthew LeBret, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Matthew LeBret

    Matthew LeBret Active Member

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    This rod was built for the man that taught me how to fly fish a LONG time ago on a sunny day on Omak lake. I had to wait to post this until I gave it to him over the holiday. I hope that many fish are landed with this rod for I owe my fly fishing life to him, if it was not for him I would still be chucking power bait ;)

    Blank: Meiser S2H11078-4
    Guides: Snake brand universal
    Strippers: Snake brand
    Grip: Burl, rubberized, pine bark

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    Matthew LeBret Active Member

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    Man I just noticed all the lint in the pictures....... sorry about that
     
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    LD Active Member

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    Very nice, build. Nice detail. The universal guides are sweet to wrap. Are you building your own grips? do you gule to the rod and turn on the rod?
     
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    Matthew LeBret Active Member

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    I am loving the Universal guides
    I do build my own grips but I'm to much of a sissy too turn the grip on the blank. I use a steel rod and glue/press them together then spin and shape it on my lathe. Once I am done shaping I just ream it to fit then bond it to the blank.
     
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    Nice job Matthew! Is that some of that pine bark from the other Matt over at Proof? gotta get me some of that. I am jealous.... have not built a fly rod for anybody in a couple of months. Everything has been gear rods. I have three different steelhead/salmon gear rods to do before Xmas. They are fun but I would rather build fly rods. I want to do a Meiser or Beulah spey for myself this winter.
     
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    Matthew LeBret Active Member

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    Your right the rings I got are from Matt at Proof fly fishing, they are really easy to work with. Nothing wrong with bobber rods if its keeping you busy. When you get your spey done let me know if you make it down this way and chase some steelhead.
     
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    Another beautiful rod Matt. Can you snap a close up of the ferrule wraps and the wrap at the end of the lettering - looks interesting. Because I'm always curious about this, what epoxy are you using over the tired wraps?
     
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    For all of my thread finish I have been using Pro kote. I no longer have the rod with me so I only have a few other pictures. I had to rush the pictures before we left town and I didn't even look at them until I got back :( The at the end of the label is just the ferrule wrap flipped over. Here are the only other pictures that show the wraps.

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  9. Lik Kuok Wong

    Lik Kuok Wong New Member

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    Very nice work. I am a newbie. If you do not mind, I have two questions for you. First, how do you get the epoxy to be so smooth and level? Secondly, what do you use as the alignment dot? Your advise will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    That is nice indeed. I can attest that Matt makes a nice stick for sure. I was able to fish with one of his switches, and it was great.
     
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    Finish really just takes time, the more you do the better it gets. As for the alignment dots I also marble so I have a lot of dry pigment and I just mix a batch of High build add the pigment and dot the rod.
     
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    Matt, That's another very nice build.I really like those wraps.