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  • February 15, 2013 at 3:46 am #498260 Back to Top REPORT
    jeff-k-in-il
    Jeff K in IL

    Age: 26
    Joined: 11/1/2005
    With the starting of my business, I am taking on a challenge. North Fork Composites, a rod blank company, was created by the legendary Gary Loomis. Loomis was the owner and creator of G-Loomis rods, and now has started his own venture. North Fork Composites offers a challenge for prospective rod builders.

    http://www.northforkcomposites.com/cont … rogram-how

    What I need from you guys, is help in choosing the blank, and other materials. I have already decided that it will be a casting rod, built for a bass application.

    List of blanks:

    http://www.northforkcomposites.com/cata … s/mag-bass
    http://www.northforkcomposites.com/cata … s/flipping

    Also with choice of blank, please let me know of a 2-color thread combination.


    I will choose the guides I use (probably Pac Bay Minima guides).

    Lastly, I need input on cork:

    http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building/Cork-Rings

    I’ll take pictures as I build it, too. Thanks guys!

    February 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm #553362 Back to Top REPORT
    reggoh
    Reggoh

    Joined: 12/28/2006
    Location: Louisiana
    For the blanks I would stick with a 6’6″ rod in Medium or Medium Heavy… Most people that I know that fish in the South like to use relatively light line like a 10lb or 12lb test.

    Any of the thread colors would look great… I think a Lime Green and Brown always looks good…

    Those striped cork handles look really nice… something a little different than standard cork. :thumbup

    February 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm #553363 Back to Top REPORT
    rickym
    RickyM


    Joined: 8/4/2004
    lime green and brown sounds good. :thumbup
    February 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm #553364 Back to Top REPORT
    hocktl
    hocktl

    Joined: 2/1/2007
    I can’t limit a bass application to just one blank. By casting I assume you mean you would build it to either bait casting or spin casting.

    I use different rods both length and weight for plastics, jigs, cranks, spinnerbaits etc. I guess if you want a rod that acts as a do all you can go with a 6’6″ medium in fast action.

    Not sure what color the blank is. For thread comdo’s I’ve always been partial to the Evergreen and gold or brown and gold combos on a bamboo rod but for the composites I don’t have a big preference on thread color. My Loomis rods are a dark gray and I think the dark green and gold would look good. :thumbup

    February 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm #553365 Back to Top REPORT
    jeff-k-in-il
    Jeff K in IL

    Age: 26
    Joined: 11/1/2005

    I can’t limit a bass application to just one blank. By casting I assume you mean you would build it to either bait casting or spin casting.

    I use different rods both length and weight for plastics, jigs, cranks, spinnerbaits etc. I guess if you want a rod that acts as a do all you can go with a 6’6″ medium in fast action.

    Not sure what color the blank is. For thread comdo’s I’ve always been partial to the Evergreen and gold or brown and gold combos on a bamboo rod but for the composites I don’t have a big preference on thread color. My Loomis rods are a dark gray and I think the dark green and gold would look good. :thumbup[/quote:vkfwtgo2]

    Application is of no consequence in this case. I will not get the rod back, but instead will be reimbursed for the cost of the blank. Baitcasting is what I am intending. The rod blank will be a charcoal color.

    February 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm #553366 Back to Top REPORT
    vash
    vash

    Joined: 5/30/2010
    those old GLoomis catalogs, the ones with the stories, and great pics. man, i would read them till they fell apart. i loved them!!
    February 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm #553367 Back to Top REPORT
    hocktl
    hocktl

    Joined: 2/1/2007

    I can’t limit a bass application to just one blank. By casting I assume you mean you would build it to either bait casting or spin casting.

    I use different rods both length and weight for plastics, jigs, cranks, spinnerbaits etc. I guess if you want a rod that acts as a do all you can go with a 6’6″ medium in fast action.

    Not sure what color the blank is. For thread comdo’s I’ve always been partial to the Evergreen and gold or brown and gold combos on a bamboo rod but for the composites I don’t have a big preference on thread color. My Loomis rods are a dark gray and I think the dark green and gold would look good. :thumbup[/quote:23cmyzgf]

    Application is of no consequence in this case. I will not get the rod back, but instead will be reimbursed for the cost of the blank. Baitcasting is what I am intending. The rod blank will be a charcoal color.[/quote:23cmyzgf]

    I guess I don’t understand what the challenge is. On a charcoal blank I like the dark green and gold. Since it’s one piece, ferrules don’t matter and if application doesn’t matter I guess the guides don’t either but I tend to like the single foot guides more for spinning rods and the lower profile double footed for the bait casters.

    February 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm #553368 Back to Top REPORT
    jeff-k-in-il
    Jeff K in IL

    Age: 26
    Joined: 11/1/2005

    I can’t limit a bass application to just one blank. By casting I assume you mean you would build it to either bait casting or spin casting.

    I use different rods both length and weight for plastics, jigs, cranks, spinnerbaits etc. I guess if you want a rod that acts as a do all you can go with a 6’6″ medium in fast action.

    Not sure what color the blank is. For thread comdo’s I’ve always been partial to the Evergreen and gold or brown and gold combos on a bamboo rod but for the composites I don’t have a big preference on thread color. My Loomis rods are a dark gray and I think the dark green and gold would look good. :thumbup[/quote:vp6t810p]

    Application is of no consequence in this case. I will not get the rod back, but instead will be reimbursed for the cost of the blank. Baitcasting is what I am intending. The rod blank will be a charcoal color.[/quote:vp6t810p]

    I guess I don’t understand what the challenge is. On a charcoal blank I like the dark green and gold. Since it’s one piece, ferrules don’t matter and if application doesn’t matter I guess the guides don’t either but I tend to like the single foot guides more for spinning rods and the lower profile double footed for the bait casters.[/quote:vp6t810p]

    The How

    1.Download the one-page application via the link above.
    2.Purchase any NFC blank from one of our dealers.
    3.Build on the blank however you choose. The rod should be a showcase of overall quality/competency,
    not just a demonstration of a specialty skill (unless a builder wants to show both, of course).
    Keep in mind, however, that a very basic build does not showcase as much in terms of various skill-sets,
    and that rods that are approved will be seen by the public as an example of a builder’s work!
    4.Send North Fork the completed rod, the completed application, and the receipt from the blank purchase
    (shipping addresess—for both postal and other carriers—are on the application). A small group of qualified people
    (chosen by, and including, Gary) will assess the overall build quality. Your blank will be evaluated without identifying marks.
    If you put your name or business on the blank, that is just fine, we’ll gently cover it until the rod is through the process.
    5.If the build meets the panel’s criteria for approval and the application is complete, then the builder will get a certificate
    signed by Gary and will be designated as a North Fork Approved Rod Builder.
    NOTE: The ARB program is an on-going aspect of North Fork’s interaction with custom builders. There is no “time frame” or other restriction on building or on submitting a rod for the approval process. Take the time that you feel is necessary to provide a representative sample of what you feel is a quality build, and a build that you would be comfortable showing to the general public.

    February 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm #553369 Back to Top REPORT
    vash
    vash

    Joined: 5/30/2010
    how does color choice affect their opinion of your rod building ability?
    February 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm #553370 Back to Top REPORT
    jeff-k-in-il
    Jeff K in IL

    Age: 26
    Joined: 11/1/2005
    how does color choice affect their opinion of your rod building ability?

    It doesn’t, but I am shooting for a unique rod.

    February 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm #553371 Back to Top REPORT
    vash
    vash

    Joined: 5/30/2010
    i love all the colors in that column with Forge steel and smoke.

    i might need you to build me a rod!! ultralight, spinning..for backpacking into trout country. so a two piece at least! hahah.

    February 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm #553372 Back to Top REPORT
    156py-2
    156p&y

    Joined: 10/3/2006
    Jeff,

    Most tourney fishermen as myself rarely use a rod less than 7′ in length, the only application I personally use a 6 1/2′ rod is if I must skip boat docks in tight quarters. If I have room to back away I will continue to use my 7 1/2′ swimjig rod. I personally carry around 12 different actions in my boat every tourney for technique specific applications.

    Novices are best served with a 6 1/2′ rod because it is easier for them to cast/handle. But I would assume that in a custom rod business your clientele would consist of predominantly advanced anglers as well as those looking for something specific which they are unable to obtain on the market.

    As far as the colors, a grey or black blank needs some red in it for me, but I would be much more concerned with performance and durability than specific colors.

    February 16, 2013 at 3:24 pm #553373 Back to Top REPORT
    chopperpoe
    chopperpoe

    Joined: 11/26/2006
    Something a bit over 7ft mh good all around rod. i keep only a couple under 7 for different situations they don’t leave the rod locker often. lime green and pearl or silver would be my choice for colors . But with those logos a red silver combo would look nice .cork black and natural
    February 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm #553374 Back to Top REPORT
    bigrobc
    bigrobc

    Age: 34
    Joined: 1/26/2011
    View My Bows
    ^^. What they said. I havent bought a rod under 7′ in the last 15 yrs or so. Atleast a 7 footer and shoot me a pm in the future i have been wantin to get me another rod and baitcaster. I would love a custom one :thumbup
    February 16, 2013 at 7:52 pm #553375 Back to Top REPORT
    backhalfed
    backhalfed

    Joined: 10/5/2007
    Location: Ohio
    View My Bows
    lime green and brown sounds good. :thumbup

    #-o

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