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Rolski 04-22-2019 12:35 PM

Meiser Trout
 
I finally had a chance to try my hand at rod building. The hardest part was coming up with and building all the tools needed
ie. chucks and steady rests for my lathe which I used for rod wrapping & drying.
Here's the finished product, a Meiser trout blank to be used for this coming summer. Now that I've got all the tools and thoroughly enjoyed the process,
I'll likely be building all my rods in the future while saving a few bucks in the process.

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Cheers,
Roland

eriefisher 04-22-2019 01:27 PM

That's your first attempt? Nice job!

Post some pics of your set up. I'm thinking about trying my hand at it as well.

Dan

Steelchromedome 04-22-2019 01:51 PM

Killer Meiser. Great building skills too! What weight is the rod and what kind of pen did you use to label the butt? Thanks.

Nate

Rolski 04-22-2019 02:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eriefisher (Post 2447740)
That's your first attempt? Nice job!

Post some pics of your set up. I'm thinking about trying my hand at it as well.

Dan

Thanks, but I have to confess, I did try to tie an old Cabelas single-hand blank back in 2013. It had the handle already pre-made. All I had to do was glue and put the guides on and I failed miserably.
I will takes some pics of my set up and post tonight.

Roland

Rolski 04-22-2019 03:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steelchromedome (Post 2447752)
Killer Meiser. Great building skills too! What weight is the rod and what kind of pen did you use to label the butt? Thanks.

Nate

Thanks, it's a 5wt (4-6). I didn't rush to complete it and it probably took me way longer than everyone else who's built a rod before. Plenty of trial and error. Writing neatly on the blank was one of the most challenging things for me to do in this project. I first tried with a $10 metallic fineliner but the lettering ended up too thick. Then I found a cheap silver ball point pen from the $ store that gave me better control. But even then I wasn't satisfied with the results, so I cheated. I wrote on a clear Avery label and cut it out and stuck it on before applying epoxy.

Cheers,
Roland

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Jason 04-22-2019 03:41 PM

Very well done! I think you will thoroughly enjoy your time with that rod, and the time and effort you put into it will just make it sweeter.
JB

Gallatinspey 04-22-2019 04:27 PM

Very nice build. I just completed my fourth Meiser build from their Highlander blanks, am really pleased
with blanks from RB Meiser. It's fun to fish your own rod! Keep building, you are off to a great start.

Rolski 04-22-2019 09:38 PM

Here's some early progress shots. I was fortunate enough to find a quality used lathe for $200 (at the time it was $479, currently $379+taxes) but I had to drive 2hrs through a snow storm late one evening to get it ...still well worth it.

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SLSS 04-22-2019 09:58 PM

Beautiful job on the build. You're going to love that stick.

Rolski 04-22-2019 10:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SLSS (Post 2447856)
Beautiful job on the build. You're going to love that stick.

Thanks. I already do and I've only been doing some short casts in my backyard.

SLSS 04-22-2019 10:57 PM

Also, writing on the blank- sand it very lightly with fine sandpaper, just to give it a little tooth. Try an old fashioned dip pen and an opaque ink. If you get new nibs for the dip pen, stab them into a citrus fruit for a few minutes to remove the oil on them, and the ink will flow better.

Practice on paper to get a feel for it. Contact will make the ink flow. Pressure will expand the nib and give you a fatter line.

Rolski 04-22-2019 11:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SLSS (Post 2447870)
Also, writing on the blank- sand it very lightly with fine sandpaper, just to give it a little tooth. Try an old fashioned dip pen and an opaque ink. If you get new nibs for the dip pen, stab them into a citrus fruit for a few minutes to remove the oil on them, and the ink will flow better.

Practice on paper to get a feel for it. Contact will make the ink flow. Pressure will expand the nib and give you a fatter line.


Ah yes, I saw a picture of a Winston rod being written on with a dip pen. I should've remembered. Thanks for the reminder and for the pointers.

Cheers,
Roland

Trico_22 04-24-2019 11:41 AM

Nice work! I really like your handle design. Simple and classy! Love the drawn schematic too!

Robert Meiser 04-24-2019 04:11 PM

Very well done ... !!!

steelhead23 04-24-2019 04:15 PM

Beware, now that you have that lathe, your list of lifelong pals is likely to grow exponentially. Hollowing out premade grips is both absurd and ineffective. Your grips are top shelf, worthy of a Meiser. Well done.


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