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  1. 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.
  2. Very cool that sounds like a fun day on the water Ken, well, except for being sandblasted by the wind&sand lol
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?) 😁
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 10' 3wt 4pc just off the bench. This one done up in silver & gold wraps, carbon fiber seat, and burl full wells & butt.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Well, someone get ready to take over for me here on FTF. I'm sure I'm now on some watch list somewhere. Was just looking at a site to see about what I was thinking about buying for parts. And they had a tactical 12g on sale just dirt cheap. I did not need it, but for the price. Ordered, shipped to my local FF guy. Pick it up this weekend. I need help lol. Aweeeee.... OCD, thou art a bitch!
  13. Rich, it is a bit more slow than the 10' one. The 10' one has a 4.5 tip top, and the 11' one has a 4.0 tip. So it has a longer, but thinner taper which gives it more flex. It's a great rod for nymphing, but somewhat pigon-hold to that IMO. I was thinking about building one for myself for dries on the wider sections of the Au Sable, but I don't do much under size 14'ish, and I don't do a ton of nymphing, so I may not do it. Great rod for euro though, just not really my thing is all. It's really more of a euro rod than anything else IMO. Just being honest is all.
  14. I'm always busy with some project. My OCD is a blessing and a curse at the same time. Since I got back into firearms recently after being somewhat out for 25 yrs, OCD is back in overdrive(duh, have you even met me?lol) In between workin' on rod orders each day, I have been putting in many hours on a gun room area down in the shop, to go along with the rod building area, 3d printing area, Rc truck area, aquarium area..... what ever is next area Still waiting for all the slatwall hooks to show up tomorrow so I can move all my guns to it, but got a lot of the main work done now. Waiting for a bunch of trigger locks to show up as well. This will give me not only a nice area, but a more secure place for all my guns while still keeping the home defense ones near. Lot's more work to be done but getting there. I did mention OCD right?
  15. I'll be damned if another one of these things didn't follow me home today. I tried to shake it on the way home, but it was pretty intent on following me 😁
  16. Another 11' 3wt 5pc euro rod out of the shop this morning. This one with dark green main & gold trim, lots of burl corks in the grip, and carbon fiber reel seat.
  17. Latest 11' 3wt 5pc out of the shop. This one done in a more subtle look with dark charcoal grey wraps and no trim. Lots of burl mixed into the grip and a carbon fiber reel seat.
  18. Another 11' 3wt 5pc just off the bench. This one with charcoal grey & metallic gunsmoke wraps, carbon fiber seat, brown burl grip and single foot guides.
  19. I just wish I could get my rods OUT more this year. This year has been a bit rough for time on the water. I had that nice long 2 week trip back in June, but haven't been able to get out since then yet again Good luck with the birds Ken.
  20. Latest rod off the bench. This is a new size & color euro nymph rod we are now offering/stocking. This one is 11ft 3wt 5pc in a really nice golden olive color blank. This customer went with a more subtle wrap color of tan with black trim and a carbon fiber seat with burl full wells grip.
  21. Thank Greg, I really like the feel of it. Had no idea about the 48 before I went today but I think it's gonna be the right choice for me. I have been looking at holsters a lot, but no real decisions yet. One of my good friends whom use to be a gunsmith suggested "Alien" as the ones he likes (brand?) but I have not looked into them yet. As of now I'm not sure where I want to carry yet (appendix or 3'o clock/rear hip) I'm thinking maybe rear hip, but not sure yet. I was actually starting to look at inside the the belts but not 100% sold on it by any means. From what I see/read, inside the belt does help conceal during summer, do you still use non inside the belt in summer/warmer months when you are just wearing a T shirt/Tank shirt or?
  22. Well, I went to the local gun shop this afternoon not expecting to actually buy. Was 99% sure I was just looking. I went with the idea that I was pretty much gonna decide on either a Glock 19 or Glock 26. I held the 26 and with my hand size I just did not feel comfortable with the shorter grip. The 19 felt good because I just shoot that one during my CPL class last weekend and liked the feel of it (actually it was Glock 44 they had us shoot for the CPL which is chambered for 22LR but the frame size is same as 19) so I knew I would like the feel of that. But then the older guy that was helping me started talking about his concealed models he likes to carry. He asked me if I had considered the Glock 48. I honestly had not even seen/read about it because I was thinking 19 or 26. Soon as I had it in my hand I knew I had found my carry gun 😁 I love the fact that it's a tad thinner than the 19 but overall about the same, just feels more comfortable in my hand than the 19 did though and the fact its a tad thinner will make it easy to conceal. I had no plans on buying today, but after putting 20 rds down range with it today I ended up bringing it home. I am gonna apply for my concealed permit this week, but I wanted to get this now so that I can start getting use to it. Even if I get my permit with in 45 days I don't plan to start carrying for at least 6 months. I want to spend at least 1-2hrs per week at the range for the next 6 months so I get very comfortable with with this one before I actually decide to start carrying.
  23. Mikey will be drooling over this one. Another just out of the shop. 10' 4wt euro rod with burl seat and burl cork grip, dark blue wraps with metallic silver trim and single foot guides.
  24. I sure hope any of our members that are in the path of Ida have heeded the warnings and gotten the hell out of dodge. Ida looks to be massively dangerous. Going to be a cat4 at landfall and most recent report a few mins ago shows 150mph winds with some as high as 185mph at the eye. I can't even fathom wind speeds that high. Hope everyone has got somewhere safe.
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