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Saltheart 11-10-2003 06:27 PM

I guess I don't know what you mean by "no support where the handle meets the graphite'. These rods are all built the same way all the top builders do a cork tape handle. The cork is tapered down on the lathe and then thread wrapped up the taper and finished. I have rods over twenty years old done this way. I would be interested if any builder does a cork tape handle differently. Please post pics of your work if you have a better idea. Thanks

spence 11-10-2003 07:34 PM

I believe he has extended the handle on his rods, although I'm not exactly sure why


InshoreAngler 11-10-2003 07:47 PM

KMB, I've heard many ppl that have fished with his rods, all with positive reviews. No offense but maybe you should fish one of his before expressing your opinion.

Tight Lines!

DeeJay 11-10-2003 08:39 PM

Originally posted by Saltheart:
I guess I don't know what you mean

Welcome to the club

FormerlyKnownAsJohnR 11-10-2003 09:09 PM

Inshore angler - I'm not highly experienced but for $300, I'll build you two custom rods

I can attest that all of the shops and builders mentioned so far in this thread are all top notch custom builders. One place does have a tendancy to push the cheaper pac bay guides (more so in the past than these days) but they all build great rods. There are other good rod builders too.

KMB - WTH are you talking about? Handle Support? You a rod builder? What is a "joint" on a rod?

MikeCC - how much do those big strippers run? Just curious...

Surfcaster Trapped in a Boaters Body

InshoreAngler 11-10-2003 09:16 PM

yea john, it may be pricey....i just want a rod that will last me forever and handle what types of fishing I want to this guy the most to do the job after some research.
and if I can get that breakaway 9'6" taht he is making me for $220, i dont mind spending 70 more to get it custom.
After all, my dads selling my boat! I got alot of cash to spend, i've spent $2,000 (including rod)and i just stopped buying! All set for surf and party boat now.

Tight Lines!

FishWeeWee 11-10-2003 09:18 PM

Take it from a guy who's fished 'em hard this season - Saltheart aka Mike White wraps a mean surf stick. He's wrapped me several Rhody Rockpile sticks this season and I went about the task of trying to destroy them on jagged rocks and mean-tempered fish, up to 35 lbs. They work well, even though mine don't have any fancy wraps. For the money, you can't go wrong with Saltheart, IMO.

clamdigger 11-10-2003 11:20 PM

Mike makes a super rod ========I met with Mike to go over my rod, because it probably one of a kind in design,, it came out super & works great for what it was design for /////////////////


spence 11-11-2003 07:10 AM

Vic, I'd like to see where the 2000 went...and after next season which items you love and which you regret buying.


FishWeeWee 11-11-2003 08:05 AM

Originally posted by Clamdigger:
Mike makes a super rod ========I met with Mike to go over my rod, because it probably one of a kind in design,, it came out super & works great for what it was design for /////////////////


I'm sure your rod was designed to catch only bloofish.

11-11-2003 01:00 PM

I revisited the site and looked at the photos. I made a big mistake. I thought I was looking at where the graphite joins the reel seat. In fact this isn't even in the photos. I don;t know where my head was when I looked the other day. I think my brain just got dizzy from the ugly thread colors. I apologize for the post but am still curious to see a photo of these joints as if there aren't any thicker cork or foam handles over the cork tape at these joints I will stand behind my original post. This has nothing to do with the builder, but all rods built this way and I have seen many.

11-11-2003 01:12 PM

Im sure some of you have no clue what I am talking about in wich case you have no reason to comment on it but here is a photo of what I am talking about.

spence 11-11-2003 01:20 PM

There are no joints here. The wrap and seat are applied over a solid blank. The foam you are calling a "reinforcement" is simply for comfort, or perhaps to make for less detail work on a mass produced rod.


11-11-2003 01:24 PM

I guess you either dont own many of this style rod or dont catch fish on the ones you own. I will be more then happy to show you how the sloppy joins shift on these rods with out support. If you are willing to buy them I will mail you a half doezen st. croix rods with this problem. You can tell every one how they dont shift then.

11-11-2003 01:41 PM

This is my last post on this topic. Below is a photo of a crack. It's the best I can do with this camera. Personally I don't care what any one buys. All I can do is offer good advise. You want to act like a big shot and waste your money? Go right ahead!

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