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Steeldrifter

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  • Birthday 12/11/1971

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  1. Latest out of the shop. This is the first of an order of seven different sized rods to be supplied to a business that wants me to supply them with some rods. This one a 9' 4wt with burl seat, mix of natural and burl cork, black wraps with orange trim.
  2. I'm surprised at the fact Mike doesn't saltwater fish. I mean, look how BLUE the fish are 😁
  3. Latest 11' 3wt off the bench. Very clean and classy looking on this one. Customer saw one I did a few weeks ago and wanted one done very close to how that other one looked.
  4. Dave I have to make it a point to tell guys that request a spey style grip on the rear, that they are NOT going to be able to get warranty work if they come back to me with a broken rod lol. This customer had no problem with that and understands, but it's for sure something I make a point to tell guys ahead of time since these blanks are not rated as two handers. billybob I bring in blanks directly for my company so these are an Xi series that my supplier offers to me which I have not seen elsewhere as of yet.
  5. Very cool that sounds like a fun day on the water Ken, well, except for being sandblasted by the wind&sand lol
  6. The Impact Pro ear's and gel pads came Saturday. I haven't had a chance to use them shooting yet, prob will this Friday, but just tryin them out walking around the house & outside I gotta say, I'm blown away. Back when I use to shoot a lot 25 yrs ago then never had anything like this. It just blows my mind how much they amplify the low level sounds. Makes me feel like an old man to compare this stuff they have today to the stuff I use to use last time I was into this.
  7. Just ordered the Impact Pro earmuffs and the upgraded gel pads. With my Tinitus I know I need to be careful, so gonna use in ear plugs with the electronic muffs over them and see how it goes.
  8. Yet another "happy place in Steve-topia" pretty much finished the gun room is about done. Only ones not on the new wall I built are a new tactical 12g which I'll be picking up from my FFL Mon/Tues & the home defense one which stays next to the bed. Everything is not only nicer looking in the new area, but nice and secure behind steel dead bolted doors, blocked off window, and also have a bunch of trigger locks on the way so that the only gun usable without being unlocked will be the home defense 12g I keep with me. I dunno if I'm an introvert whom hardly leaves home because Steve-topia is such a cool place....or if Steve-topia is such a cool place because I'm an introvert whom hardly leaves home. I dunno, chicken or egg I guess. Introverts unite!....alone, in your own home, away from me (right Mike?) 😁
  9. Just off the bench today. 11' 3wt 5pc with bit of more of a mini spey style grip setup so the owner can flip his euro set up better two handed. Black wraps & silver trim give this one a nice clean look.
  10. Pretty much normal like always far as activity goes per daily/weekly (going by site usage activity info). With that said, late summer usually is the slowest time of the year for the site. People getting in their last summer trips, school starting for the kids, getting ready for fall sports like hunting and such.
  11. 10' 3wt 4pc just off the bench. This one done up in silver & gold wraps, carbon fiber seat, and burl full wells & butt.
  12. JB weld is one of those things where you say "yeah right, that stuff won't work".....till you try it, then think "holy crap that stuff works!" lol I have about a 20yr old? Lamson Litespeed reel. One of the first ones they made. The two screws that hold the foot to the frame stripped out about 15 yrs ago. I JB welded it, been rock solid every since.
  13. A simple hair dryer set on low is the normal way to do it most times. Have done it myself back when I offered cane rods for awhile many years ago when Bob use to make the cane blanks for me. Most important thing is to not get it too hot, just set to low and let it warm up slowly.
  14. That's a negative on the safe Ghost Rider. Have had them before and don't care for them. Too big and heavy to move, can't access a home defense gun in any sort of time, would have to carry it down the stairs. Not a fan. I understand they would be good for the average person that works away from home and spends 10+hrs a day away from home and needs that piece of mind. For me though I work from home and being such an introvert, I am home 99.5% of the time, so I'm hardly ever away from here. I can clean my guns and keep them dust free pretty much all the time because of that as well. The "tinkering" with hobbies is something I enjoy anyway. Since I'm here most the time and have steel doors with deadbolts as well as other security measures I'm not too concerned about anyone breaking in.
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