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Old 08-11-2013, 09:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I picked up two Hydra blanks to play with recently. One MB843, your standard "all around" bassin rod. 7' MH. And one 7'11" 1-6oz swimbait stick. I had to try them out, a blank that's made in the US using all carbon design, no fiberglass scrim. The best and most sensitive rods made today are all carbon designs. I figured I'd also try out some of those snazzy Tour Star grips, they are EVA foam with Winn golf grip material for the handle. For those who like to know prices. The blank runs near a bill and the grips were $25 a set. Fuji micro's and a K series tangle free stripper guide run near $25-$30 for the setup I used. Roughly $5 for the seat and I think the hook keeper was near $2 or something like that.

Here's the best info I have on the Hydra blanks, contact Alex and he will be more than happy to assist. http://www.alxrods.com/

I got the grips on it months ago and had not really made progress on it due to other life events.....anyway, I knew one way or another I would be fishing this past weekend and since the guides were already taped on and statically spaced, lets get it wrapped. I for some reason normally don't put any color or complexity into my wraps, I just get to the point where I want to fish it and it gets wrapped with a quickness and a solid color. This rod got some color and I was stoked with how it came out. This is the reason the microwave casting guide challenge rods are not done yet, I will put color on them and matching crosswraps. I got this one done Friday morning so that I could fish it Saturday morning.

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And I managed to break it on Saturday.....I wasn't paying attention after setting the rod down(to net a fish), it slide under the cleat and I picked it up without paying attention, and I was a sad Koldkut.....
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Man Drew, it was tough to hear that sound... SO sorry man. That rod was a piece of art! I swear it was as nice as I have seen. Not overdone, nothing super fancy, but the details were sick. When we realized what happened, it was one of those helpless feelings... SIGH!
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Beautiful. What a bummer.



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Old 08-13-2013, 09:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I was reading this and looking at picks thinking youre the man...Then snap!

That sucks!

Kind of the reason I quit painting all my lures, all that time just to lose it in a rock or to a pike.
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I need to get a reel seat painted dude! What's your availability to paint one reel seat? Painted like a lure...
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Is it a special reel seat? If not ill order it to my house then paint it and send it to you.

I can do it for you at anytime too, let me know.
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Im off to the lake, ill check back this eve...
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Is it a special reel seat? If not ill order it to my house then paint it and send it to you.

I can do it for you at anytime too, let me know.

Nothing special about it, but I have the seat(and 50 others like it), I can just mail it to you, would be cheaper and faster that way.
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Good thing is now you can take the broken top section and turn it into a ice rod
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:45 PM   #10 (permalink)
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This one hurts man, I will turn it into an ice rod, but the griving period isn't over yet. I really felt this one bad(only really $120 total loss, I an re-use the guides), even worse than losing $350 worth of swimbait rod and reel overboard at P-lo.
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