Cat Rods...

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TonyS
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Cat Rods...

Here are a bunch of pics of some cat/sturgeon rods I've built - mostly within the last year.  Most, if not all, of these are pics I haven't posted previously here.

The butt grip on my first rod ever - a Flathead winch and the only part of build that looks good enough to share...

A matched set of 3 Cord Grip on downrigger blanks from left to right - Large Sturgeon/Lighter Flathead, Sturgeon/Large Channels, Small Sturgeon/Channels/Burbot/etc.  Cord looks goofy on these because I was running out of tuna cord and the company that makes it is indefinately backordered - so I had to spread it out rather than wrapping everything tight. I have some tarred seine line for Catfish Connection now so I'm going to re-do these when I get a chance.

One of my most recent - a Sturgeon Rod for buddy.  First pic is a closeup of the grip before soaking in a little urethane for extra protection and the second is the finished grip

 

My prefered guide layout (simple spiral - aka bumper spiral) for baitcasting rods - shown under load testing

 

Reflective underwraps, the visibility is situation dependant but I've not found a better permanent option - a nice addition to LED lights, bells, clickers, or whatever else for bite detection and not stepping on rods laid on the ground..

Gunnar
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I like the idea of reflective

I like the idea of reflective wraps. Cool. I wonder if super-long-glowing glow-in-the-dark spoon/jig paint could be applied under the clear coats. It glows for hours on one flash of light. But does it lose its glow power over time (like years)? Just a single dot at the tip and the last couple guides would be enough, and wouldn't require having a headlamp or other light source pointing at the rod to make it visible.

Anyway, very cool idea.

 

Redhorse ID cheatsheets, gars, suckers: moxostoma.com


2019: 5 days fishing 6 species 3 lifers. 2018: 39/40/5 2017: 49/52/14

TonyS
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I've experimented

with glow paint.  none of the ones I tried were great.  Either they didn't glow very well once on a finished rod or the paint was so coarse that it was difficult to put on the rod at all.   i'm sure glow paint would be best if you could find the right formula.  I haven't tried a ton of brands - I think there is a glow spray paint that I've been meaning to try - I figure even if the glow is medicore with the whole rod done up it might work well...

 

Glow thread doesn't work at all - at least not on a rod.

 

The reflective tape is awesome if you have your head lamp on - especially at avoiding boot-to-rod incidents -  the reflective tape pops pretty well under a headlamp.

atenkley
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Awesome Rods!

Awesome rods!  - Arlan

....visit  .....those other fish

Bubbajoe
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I love the grips Tony! I've

I love the grips Tony! I've used the Krylon glow spray paint to customize some baits. I'm not blown away, but not disappointed either. It doesn't cover that well so it takes a few coats, but has held up fine durability wise. It's glow power is about the same a most yellow/white glow jigs so I don't know if it would really work for what you're trying to accomplish. Unless you want to recharge it every few minutes, I would think the LED/Reflective tape route would be better. Maybe you could add a bracket at the tip to hold a glow stick or a bobber light?

TonyS
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These are about the best

These are about the best thing I've seen so far - Avid introduced me to them.  They come in 4 colors (white, red, blue, green) though they aren't easy to find.  I know Fleet Farm carries the red ones and they can be found online - ebay, probably other places.  A little bulky but IMO just about perfect for Sturgies and Cats

Bubbajoe
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Those look nice. What's their

Those look nice. What's their intended use? I used these:

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=0&oq=disc+golf+ligh&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4ADFA_enUS448US449&q=disc+golf+lights&gs_upl=0l0l0l6826lllllllllll0&aqi=g4&pbx=1

this fall sturgeon fishing mainly because I have a bunch but I was pleased with the results. They're the same unit that they sell for bobbers just with the little plastic hood added for increased visibility. They last way longer than you would expect (well over a season)  and aren't at all bulky.

TonyS
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Those lights look good too. 

Those lights look good too.  I like not having to tape a light stick on, especially if I'm only out for a couple hours.   They don't seem to have an "intended use" - some places sell them as book lights, fleet farm sells them as flashlights, other places sell them as "head lamps," etc.  I honestly struggle to think of anything they'd be that good for besides fishing?

Gunnar
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I grabbed a couple of these

I grabbed a couple of these recently.

http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Lucky-Ja...

Had never used any kind of alarm before this.

So far have only used the bells, but hope to get out there in the dark and try the lights soon. The bells are too loud for my tast, so I wrap a ponytail rubber band (with 2 daughters and a wife in the house, there's always a rubber band nearby) around the bells and into the opening at the tops. Makes it less a ringing and more a rattling or clicking. Less disturbance of the river's serenity and my zen state.

The problem I have with them is that they are kind of a pain to get on and off, so I end up having to listen to them while reeling in a fish and while casting. Also, they don't tighten down far enough to grip the very tip of my usual rods, so they might be missing the lightest taps. They also tend to spin on the rod and sometimes end up hanging below and the line can get caught on them. If they could tighten fully on a smaller diameter, they wouldn't spin.

I'm thinking I might use some other method of attaching the lights for night fishing. I don't need extra potential tangle sites in the dark.

 

Redhorse ID cheatsheets, gars, suckers: moxostoma.com


2019: 5 days fishing 6 species 3 lifers. 2018: 39/40/5 2017: 49/52/14

Outdoors4life
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I have lights just like those

I have lights just like those that are made for your finger tip and have velcro. They are not waterproof so after a good rain my lights stayed on and ran down the batteries.

It is all perspective!

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AvidFly
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I meant all winter to mention

I meant all winter to mention those finger lights that Tony mentioned.  A little on the heavy side for a lighter rod, but they do work well for stiffer rods.  I attach them with small strips of electrical tape and have had a couple rods with them on since last fall.

As for the waterproofness, they probably aren't.  But I'm also getting them for as cheap as $0.75 each, so that is a pretty good score for even one night of use (as compared to glow sticks, etc).