Thursday, January 29, 2015

Stacked Bamboo Reel Seat Inserts

Stacked Bamboo Reel Seat Inserts

CFRC now has received material to turn stacked bamboo inserts for reel seats. The bamboo is cut, glued and then turned to specific sizes for different reel seat hardware. Right now we have been turning specifically for the Lemke seats but we will begin to turn for other skeleton hardware as well.  As the bamboo is made of pieces and not a whole burl as the custom inserts are made, we can keep the cost moderate; $9.95

 We make two inserts as of this post, for the Lemke LC1 and the LC14.

These inserts will send your custom build over the top! If you have a specific reel seat skeleton that you would like us to make a stacked bamboo insert, drop us a line or give us a call.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Epic Bandit Blanks!

Epic Bandit Blanks!

Custom Fly Rod Crafters has just received an Epic fiberglass blank order which include the Bandit Blanks. We are working our way down our notification list and have just a couple of blanks left.

If you're thinking about one of the new Bandit blanks, don't think too long or hard. They are just plain awesome! 
These rods will pull an old Chevy out of the river!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Repairing A Cracked Cork Grip

Repairing A Cracked Cork Grip

Sometimes whether it's your fault or simply a minor defect in the cork itself, you end up with a crack in your grip. If the grip is not properly reamed to fit the blank, the pressure from forcing the cork down onto the blank may crack the cork. Most of time this crack follows a natural defect in the cork. Here is a simple fix for a grip that is cracked but not entirely broken.

As you can see this is a crack along the front of this full wells grip.

Step One: Using some kind of arbor (we use a tapered ring sizer); spread the crack just enough to get some epoxy adhesive inside the crack.

Step Two: Force some epoxy into the crack by using a thread pick or bodkin or something similar.

Step Three: Squeeze the excess glue from the crack and clean with a clean wipe. We use denatured alcohol to clean any type of epoxy adhesive before it sets.

Step Four: Using tape to keep the crack closed, place aside until the epoxy has cured completely. Even if you use 5-minute, let it set for at least 1 hour. Obviously, slow set will take 8 to 12 hours.

Step Five: Check to make sure your crack is closed and the glue is completely cured.

Step Six: Sand the repaired area and there you go; a repaired cork grip. You just saved yourself at least $20!

Follow these same steps if your grip has a broken or cracked hood where the reel seat fits into the cork grip. If your grip is broken, then it most likely a ring needs to be replaced or the entire grip needs to be replaced.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Custom Fly Rod Crafters WYSIWYG Inserts

Happy New Year!

Introducing Custom Fly Rod Crafters' new exotic 'WYSIWYG' reel seat inserts.

Our 'WYSIWYG' Inserts (What You See Is What You Get) are the exact piece of exotic wood that you will receive.

We have provided a 360 degree view for each piece by taking 6 individual photos and creating an small animation.

No more guessing on what the 'backside' of the cool insert looks like and nor more surprises when you receive your fabulous exotic insert that you saw on someone's website and it turns out to be something less than fabulous.