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[quote="hocktl":vp6t810p][quote="Jeff K in IL":vp6t810p][quote="hocktl":vp6t810p]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.
[/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.
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