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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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 😁
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. That's a good idea Mike, didn't even think about just doubling up. You just use the normal foam in ear ones or the ribbed shooting style plastic ones? Or does it really not matter?
  17. Steeldrifter


    Okay so basically it's a streamed show then that wasn't broadcast on TV or anything but only able to be streamed, that's kind'a what I was unsure about. So since Joe Rogan is only stream-able, if I'm watching him on youtube then it is a podcast?
  18. Also you guys that do a lot of shooting. With my tinnitus I'm concerned about doing more damage to my ears over the years as I shoot more. I just have the normal run of the mill muff style protection right now ($20 cheapies) are there any other ear protection that is better than others?
  19. Took my CPL class today and got my certificate so I can apply for my concealed carry permit. Gonna apply for the permit and get it but prob wait a good 6 months to actually carry so I can get very familiar with the gun and spend a good deal of time at the range first. Holy crap that was a long day, 8 friggin hours ...didn't expect it to be that long. Plus I only got 2 hrs sleep last night because the tinnitus is back a bit worse than it has been, so that made it an even longer feeling day than it was. They have you fire 48 rounds. 8rds two handed slowly, 8rds two handed as fast as you can while still getting back on target, then 8rds 2 at a time while stopping every two rounds then looking left&right to break tunnel vision, then 8 right handed and 8 left handed. Then the last 8 are without using sights just as fast as you can pull the trigger. Not too bad for not using a handgun in over 25 years. I think the ones up top were done left handed because I only have 25% feeling in that left index finger that I broke 30 yrs ago and it healed all jacked up & crooked lol Gonna start gun shopping soon and then spend as much time at the range as I can. πŸ˜†
  20. Steeldrifter


    im thinking this has a chance of being a serious question from the last guy in florida with a flip phone. For lack of a better explanation it’s a prerecorded radio talk show. They could be about anything and they can be made by anyone with a cell phone. A modern cell phone, probably not with a flip phone. I wasn't gonna say it and sidetrack the topic, but since you guys brought it up.....but I honestly had no idea what a podcast is either. Then again I gave up cell phones almost 20 yrs ago. So is it only ones recorded with a cell phone that iare considered a podcast? Do they only have audio or do they have video? I watch Joe Rogan on youtube all the time and I've heard people say it's a podcast....but IMO it's a plain ol' talk show. What makes it a podcast? All serious questions too. Because I have actually googled it before and never seem to understand what differentiates a podcast from a talk show/talk radio.
  21. Latest pair off the bench. Pair of 9' 5wt 4pc with rosewood seats/burl grips, went with a real dark ruby red for the main wrap and a metallic gunsmoke wrap for the trim.
  22. Another euro rod fresh off the bench. This one a 10' 3wt in burgundy color blank with dark grey wraps and silver trim. Rose wood burl seat and subtle accents in the grip.
  23. Appreciate the input guys thanks! I plan to test shoot before I buy, mainly for reason mentioned. At my size I have pretty big hands so I've been wondering if the smaller easier to conceal guns my not fit my hand properly. Will find out soon. I definitely plan on taking some further handgun training after I do the CPL this weekend. I luckily have a few good ranges real close to me, one being a pretty big one that offers a pretty wide range of courses so for sure going to sign up to take advantage of some of them.
  24. Yeah I have used Recoils before and not a fan of them. Performance is good, but one problem with them is they "sing". Because of the material they are made of as the line goes through them it gives off a pretty bad sound due to the reverberation which many people including myself are not a fan of. I built myself a rod with them years ago and sold it after using it twice due to that reason. It just drove me nuts listening to the odd sound every time I shot line through the guides. I find SF guide wrapping to be pretty easy. I've seen tons of guys come up with all sorts of ways to attempt it from dental rubber bands to tiny o-rings and other DIY ideas, and the way I do it is as simple as it gets. A small dot of superglue. The dot of glue holds the guide on so you can wrap it, yet once wrapped is easy to tweak to adjust the position of the guide, and has no ill effects to the wrap/finish once the rod is done. If you haven't tried it give it a go and you'll make things much easier on yourself and wonder why you hadn't tried it before
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