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Old 04-28-2020, 03:32 PM   #11
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I always look for blanks that are as close to 1 oz as you can get being approx 6'6" and suited for our inshore fishing style. the St. Croix SCV is very light and strong, there are some Castaway blanks in that range, the top of the line Rainshadow Eternity series, as well as most all the Laguna blanks. The Laguna blanks in that size are right at 1 oz, very strong and have a nice fast action. To keep the build light, use titanium guides, smaller sizes like 8 and under, minimal guide wraps size A thread, thin epoxy, no big deco wraps, carbon fiber split grips - length balance about 7". finished weight s/b under 2-1/2 oz . Lightest Laguna Ive seen was 1.7 oz with label and recoil guides.
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Old 04-28-2020, 04:10 PM   #12
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I always look for blanks that are as close to 1 oz as you can get being approx 6'6" and suited for our inshore fishing style. the St. Croix SCV is very light and strong, there are some Castaway blanks in that range, the top of the line Rainshadow Eternity series, as well as most all the Laguna blanks. The Laguna blanks in that size are right at 1 oz, very strong and have a nice fast action. To keep the build light, use titanium guides, smaller sizes like 8 and under, minimal guide wraps size A thread, thin epoxy, no big deco wraps, carbon fiber split grips - length balance about 7". finished weight s/b under 2-1/2 oz . Lightest Laguna Ive seen was 1.7 oz with label and recoil guides.
what's something like that run??
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Old 05-01-2020, 08:56 AM   #13
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The lightest components are generally the most expensive due to the materials used to make them. High-modulus carbon fiber and titanium are the two starters for a very light rod and both are "the most" expensive components out there compared to everything else.
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Titanium guides aren't the lightest guides, some of the smaller stainless guides are as light, or lighter and a bunch cheaper, well under a buck a piece. The question is simply will your build allow them to be used. There is only one rule that is consistent, build your rod with the lightest and least amount components to get the lightest, best balanced rod. Lighter powered and shorter blanks are always lighter, and better balanced, nothing is lighter, or cheaper than what doesn't exist. What is the bare minimum that will do the job?
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Old 05-06-2020, 12:48 PM   #15
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Keep in mind that other trade-off.

The lighter the blank, the thinner the wall thickness and more prone to shatter if you load it up, especially after you even tap it against a sharp surface.

High modulus doesn't equate to high toughness. Besides, I'd rather shatter a $50 AllStar than a $300 ___________(fill in the blank), even if the AllStar is a little heavier.

Just for a reference, I imported 4 piece fly rod blanks from Korea, 7' x 4 weight, and the blanks weighed 0.8 oz. They made a real sweet 4PC, 4WT fly rod, but I wouldn't want to build a flounder rod out of them. Maybe a back deck croaker rod...

My 9' 5WT 4 piece blanks weighed 1.6 Oz made from 43 million modulus graphite and 1.5 Oz made from 51 million modulus. Were they worth the extra money for 1/10 Oz? I wouldn't have paid it, but some customers were happy to. To each his own.

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Old 05-16-2020, 09:07 PM   #16
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Laguna sells 6.6ft blanks and they weigh 1oz flat
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Where do you get the Laguna blanks. I just retired and am getting back in the game. My last build over 20 years ago was fenwick glass blanks, so I have a lot of catching up and this forum is a great place to do it.
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Where do you get the Laguna blanks. I just retired and am getting back in the game. My last build over 20 years ago was fenwick glass blanks, so I have a lot of catching up and this forum is a great place to do it.

Call Laguna directly. They will sell you a blank.
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Old 05-31-2020, 07:02 PM   #19
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I recommend to pick an experienced rod builder before you buy the rod blank and the components and talk with them about what you want and how you fish. I have learned that what looks good individually, may disappoint you when it all comes together.

Long ago, I wanted to build the ultimate rod. Picked out a special blank first. Then the special eyes and finally the split grip handle. Then I let a builder put it together and the end result was a light rod that feels very tip heavy.

I learned a lesson from that exercise.


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lets get techinical if you want...

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Titanium guides aren't the lightest guides, some of the smaller stainless guides are as light, or lighter and a bunch cheaper, well under a buck a piece. The question is simply will your build allow them to be used. There is only one rule that is consistent, build your rod with the lightest and least amount components to get the lightest, best balanced rod. Lighter powered and shorter blanks are always lighter, and better balanced, nothing is lighter, or cheaper than what doesn't exist. What is the bare minimum that will do the job?

Titanium is lighter and stronger than any stainless steel used to make guides, its just a matter of physics. Are there some SS guides lighter than some titanium guides? Of course but they arent the same size or style... a #12 titanium stripper guide will def be heavier than a SS #4 single foot guide, and yes SS is cheaper, but thats not the point of my earlier post.



"... nothing is lighter, or cheaper than what doesn't exist." no argument there, but you wont catch many fish with it.
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