Category Archives: Fishing

Using the Ferrule Shrink Tool

I have started selling the ferrule shrinking tool again. If you are interested, see my blog page: Ferrule Shrinking My experience with the tool is recorded in two blog posts: Ferrule Shrinking Ferrule Tool Article Recently Chris purchased a tool … Continue reading

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The K’Nex Furling Machine

I have fished furled leaders for several years now. At first I made them by twisting with an electric drill: https://northbranchreels.com/2010/12/04/furled-leader/ Later, I made a hand cranked furling fixture: https://northbranchreels.com/2014/07/31/furling-machine/ A week or so ago I was contacted by Ben, … Continue reading

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Ferrule Tool Article

This article appears in the July/Aug 2015 issue of the newsletter The Planing Form. The originator of the newsletter, Ron Barch, has retired but the newsletter continues under Kirk Brumels. Ferrule Shrinking At the Grayrock 2014 gathering, I was quizzing … Continue reading

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Fitting Reel Foot to Seat

This is my presentation for Grayrock 2015, on the fit of a reel foot to a reel seat. For an earlier post on this same topic, see 28 July 2014. This presentation considers “cap and ring” seats like this, although … Continue reading

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Ready for 2015 Trico Season

July is a long way off, but I am ready. Last summer, local rodmaker Bob made a 6’7″ 3wt rod that I really liked. So he and I did some bartering and I wound up with this near copy of … Continue reading

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Ferrule Set

I made this ferrule set from Duronze (c642 bronze). Duronze is perhaps the next best thing to drawn nickel silver, and probably better than machined nickel silver. It is size 11 (11/64 inch) for a 3 weight rod. These are … Continue reading

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Reel Seat

This week I have been attempting to make a reel seat of the “cap-and-ring, mortised insert” type, but only with partial success. The trim ring (cork check?), sliding ring, and cap are simple lathe parts.  I chuck a 1 inch … Continue reading

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