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: New Spey Rod Build


Jim Miller
03-04-2011, 11:48 AM
OK...so i am going to do another Rod Build! :D

I am considering a kit from Bob Meiser. The rod will be a 11'-7" 5,6,7 Highlander Classic. I will probably do a maple burl lower handle and maple accents on the upper handle.

I had a long, insightful, informative conversation with Bob and he presented some pretty neat options for reel seats, guides etc. Man-o-man he does some wild and beautiful work! :whoa:

So.... anybody own/fish this rod model? Any information is much appreciated!

Thanks-

Jim

Jim Miller
03-07-2011, 05:37 PM
The plot thickens..
Will be doing a "ready to wrap" kit. Bob does the handle and i will wrap the guides. Bob talked me out of the wood handle...too heavy for this light rod. But the Meiser corkwork is very nice.

Going to be a super rod! Hopefully will have for
April fishing! :D

fredaevans
03-13-2011, 06:53 AM
The plot thickens..
Will be doing a "ready to wrap" kit. Bob does the handle and i will wrap the guides. Bob talked me out of the wood handle...too heavy for this light rod. But the Meiser corkwork is very nice.

Going to be a super rod! Hopefully will have for
April fishing! :D

Unless you've got the equipment to spin the butt section it's darned hard to properly build/sand down a handle on a 2-hander. Getting that bit behind you will cut your construction time down by close to 2/3'rds.

fae

Jim Miller
04-12-2011, 10:49 AM
Got the rod. Actually decided to let Bob build the entire rod. A few mix ups on the order....but the rod is beautiful and I can't wait to fish it! (next week!!!!) :D

Tim @ Speyco is milling me a wonderful 3 3/4" 8.5 oz. reel to balance the rod.
Should show up this week!

Man it is like Christmas....and I'm a little kid! :whoa: :D

fredaevans
04-13-2011, 02:18 AM
Good call on the SpeyCo reel. I've got four of them now. Three 'spey rod' sized and one light 'trouter.'

They're the most solid reel I've ever had my hands on ...... and wait, just wait, till you hear line coming off one of those Puppies! You can hear it 100 yards away! Sounds like an old Hardy on Steroids. :smokin:

Better yet they cost hundreds less that many 'major brand name' reels that have had so many holes drilled to them there's no weight left to help balance the rod.

Fred

PEC54
04-13-2011, 09:44 AM
Good call on the SpeyCo reel. I've got four of them now. Three 'spey rod' sized and one light 'trouter.'

They're the most solid reel I've ever had my hands on ...... and wait, just wait, till you hear line coming off one of those Puppies! You can hear it 100 yards away! Sounds like an old Hardy on Steroids. :smokin:

Better yet they cost hundreds less that many 'major brand name' reels that have had so many holes drilled to them there's no weight left to help balance the rod.

Fred
Why would you want to hear the line coming off your reel? Do you need it to let you know you have a fish on?or just to let everyone else know your tight.When I'm fishing ,especially at night the last thing I want to do is telegraph to all that I'm into fish.I remove all clickers from my reels.

Jim Miller
04-13-2011, 11:28 AM
Paul
translates into:

The faster the fish.....the cooler the sound!

Any striper sightings yet?

PEC54
04-13-2011, 11:50 AM
:chuckle: No striper sightings yet,still a few weeks away.I know about the cool sound of a reel screaming,I'm bored ,looking to stir the pot:biggrin: :hihi: :lildevl: :devil: .Day time no big deal with the clicker,but I was serious at night ,optimum stealth mode rules are in full effect.

fredaevans
04-13-2011, 12:30 PM
Why would you want to hear the line coming off your reel? Do you need it to let you know you have a fish on?or just to let everyone else know your tight.When I'm fishing ,especially at night the last thing I want to do is telegraph to all that I'm into fish.I remove all clickers from my reels.

Ever wonder why 50 year old Hardies don't last 24 hours in the Classified section?:eek:

Nuff said.

PEC54
04-13-2011, 12:46 PM
Ever wonder why 50 year old Hardies don't last 24 hours in the Classified section?:eek:

Nuff said.
What does nuff mean? And no I have never wondered why 50 yr old Hardy's last only 24 hrs in a classified section. do they have an extremely short expiration date?:hihi:

PEC54
04-13-2011, 12:48 PM
Jim is this rod coming to the striper clave?

Jim Miller
04-13-2011, 12:57 PM
yup!
3 rods to play with:
5,6,7 11'-7' Meiser
678 13'-4" CND Solstice
12'-6" 8/9 Loomis Stinger (hoping this will be a good surf stick)

I may be selling a lot of my single hand rods.....stay tuned! :Eyecrazy:

No stripers spawning in the Hudson River Yet! (at least not in Albany,NY)

Jim Miller
04-13-2011, 01:07 PM
Fred
Yes Tim @ Speyco was great to work with. Nice fellow who really tries to please.
We have to get him some help however....the guy is WAY overworked!
Hope to have my 3 3/4" river switch reel this week. (with brass face and Snake handle)
.......going to be great!

fredaevans
04-13-2011, 04:01 PM
Oh My God! That will be too cool for words.

As for Tim being 'over-worked' he/I have corresponded for months. Had to advise him to 'be careful of what you wish, it could come true.' First time I saw (Internet) one of his reels it took me less than 90 seconds to put in my (first) order.

Of that 90 seconds, 30 were taken up by hosting my old butt off my chair to go fetch my wallet. :hihi: Being a 'Retired Banker' those conversations/sharing have been interesting, in a good way.

"If you build it, they will come" sort of stuff. And Lord Knows! They came.

A very, very good thing as these reels are not just a functional fishing tool, but a genuine work of Art. You look at the photos of the reels here/his web site ... that's exactly what you'll get in your box. Tim's a machinist of the highest order.
:D

Jim Miller
04-21-2011, 02:26 PM
Got the rod......the reel will be a while

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As posted...I had a blast on my first outing with the new rod!

fredaevans
04-21-2011, 03:59 PM
That Puppies 'big on Bling!

fae

Greg Pavlov
03-18-2012, 06:34 PM
..... .I remove all clickers from my reels.

So do I (mainly because I find the noise annoying).