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Old 05-12-2003, 07:51 AM
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Bob, I actually rolled each piece (17" long) on a flat surface and found the "lump", which I took to be the spine, then checked this against the normal "spine test" for the thinner diameter sections and found it to be close enough. For fatter butt sections, particularly on a fast-action blank in which nearly all of the flexing occurs in the upper 1/3 of the rod, I don't think that spining the lower sections is as critical; they're not really bending at all, so what does it matter? The tip sections, on the other hand, require the same accuracy with spining that any other rod would. I don't know, maybe I've got it wrong, but it seems to make sense.
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