Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Dano_the_jigasaurus

Blank Extensions

Recommended Posts

Your best bet would be to find a scrap piece of blank that will fit fairly well into the end of the bland and epoxy it in place. I would also wrap the end similar to the way you would wrap a ferrule on a 2 piece rod to keep it from splitting. You need to be aware that you will make it a faster action rod by doing that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not to bust your bubble but I unknowingly had an 8' musky rod which was actually a 7'6" blank with a 6" butt extention. I found out when it broke while casting. Maybe that was a freak exception but I'm gunshy of them personally.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You'll be making a flippin' stick, where the blank telescopes into the handle. Although those rods can be fished with heavy line and big jigs, I, too, would be a bit suspect of heaving large musky lures with it. Better to consider a surf rod blank made out of fiberglass - they bend alot easier, and are just more flexible to quick, heavy stress like the kind encountered while musky fishing. A good fiberglass surf blank will be less expensive as well - do an online search for surf rob blanks and see what comes up. Otherwise, I'd leave well enough alone - it would be a darn shame to build a nice handle and everything, only to break it doing something it's not really geared for...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have not done it, but I would think if you fitted and re - inforced the joint it should hold up. If you don't wrap over where the joint is it will fail when stressed, it will be a weak point.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Contact Lonnie or Scott @ Thorne Bros. They are experts on extending blanks.

I've built a few of them on spinning gear, and love them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CHM    0

Hi Dan!

Email me at chuckm615@gmail.com.

I have a procedure I can send to you.

Chuck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a St. Croix Legend Elete 7ft I extended the blank (with Lonnie's help). to 7'10". Works great on Mille lacs for live bait rigging, and a pretty nice slip bobber rod as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What type of fishing would you be doing. After that I can give my two cents worth on them both.

INterested in them both???

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would have to give the edge to the Loomis IMX HSR 9000. I know that Thorne Bros. makes a ton og these rods for the Walleye guys.

For sinkers up to 1/2 oz, this one rocks!!!.

The St. Croix is nice, but I believe the Loomis is a little lighter. The tip I feel on the Loomis is a little faster.

You wouldn't be disappointed with either one of them.

I would go up to Thorne Bros. and look at them both and talk to Lonnie. If your'e going to go, give me a call or e-mail I'll meet you there if I can.

Are you thinking og extending the handle at all?? On the ST. Croix, you would be safe up to 7' 9" or 10". I'm not sure about the Loomis.

I would have to say that the HSR 9000 is my favorite rigging rod for up to 1/2 oz.

I love my IMX Steelhead blank (spinning) I believe it's 8'6" for fishing the mud.(forgot the model #)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The guys in the Thorne Bros rod shop are great. I built a IMX 721 this year and am thinking that a HSR 9000 would be my next one. I thought about that 8'6" steelhead blank for Mille Lacs but thought I must be crazy, now maybe not.....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a 7 wt fly rod built as a spinning rod that I use for Lindy rigging and really long leaders. Works very well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Are you going to go up there and look around. I can meet you if you give me a few days notice, and I'll bring the steelehead blank

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, I'll let you know here before I head up there. I've got a bunch of copper in my garage to take in before I get it. I think I'll have to get moving on that pretty quick here!

I've used 7' rods forever and I currently use a 7' ML Avid for my lindys (it's a very nice rod for the money, got it for $100 close out last year) but am looking for something a bit longer now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I fished both the legend Elite and the HSR 9000 IMX on Sat.

Heres how I would describe the differences.

The HSR 9000 good probably up to 3/8 oz. 1/2 gets a little "mushy". Very fast tip, you can feel everything. If you would spend more, the GLX would handle a 1/2 oz well.

The Elite is good up to 1/2 for sure. Fast tip. I would say this is a good minnow rod for rigging. Good rod for pulling spinners with a little heavier weight.

Again, these are both sweetheart rods, comes doen to preference. I would guess you could extend the handle on a 9000 to make it an 8 ft to 8ft 3" . Works nice for the longer snells on Mille Lacs.

The legend Elite , max with extending would be like mine 7 ft 10".

The Steelhead blank I love for fishing the mud with longer snells. You set the hook on those Eyes over 25" and the first half of the blank really bends, and you have plenty of power in the butt section. It's rated to 3/4 oz. Another thing you can do with this blank is if you feel the tip is a little soft for the 3/4 oz or so. I know that Lonnie has cut off the first 3 " on the tip for some Walleye guys who use the heavier weights. Probably could fish up to one oz doing this.

Let me know when you want to go, and I'll bring up the Legend Elite and the Steelhead rod. They have plenty of 9000's to look at.

That way you can compare all three of them tied up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like the Raindshadow Salmon/Steelhead Hotshot rod blanks for rigging. The HS9000 and HS9001 are quite nice for walleye applications. Some of the heavier/longer rods in the series would be good if you need to go deeper with heavier hardware. I've used the 9000/9001 with 2oz bottom bouncers and they are still responsive.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Rodmaker, what weight do you use on the mud flats? At 28' I find 1/4oz to be pretty light and I get so much line out I don't really know where I am in relation to the boat anymore. I keep reading where the pro's use a 1oz per 10' of water rule but that seems pretty excessive too. I currently use a 7' Avid with 8# fireline and it's pretty sensitive, but I'm always looking for more feel.

A GLX? Man, my wife would pop a gasket on that one if she found out! I've already picked up an IMX and two Stradics this year.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Minimum 3/8. Probably 1/2 to 1 oz.If (its really windy)

I'm not drifting, I'm backtrolling (slow)either with the electric or big motor into the wind.

I've found out it's best to let out line , feel bottom and stop. Or feel bottom and wind up a little. There is alot of talk dragging VS just off the bottom.

The guys using the heavier stuff are probably trolling a little faster with spinners.

If you are drifting with a drift sock out, or backtrolling slowly into the wind most of the times 1/2 to 3/4 is enough weight.

I know about the price on the GLX's. I just thought I would mention the differences between that blank as far as lure weight goes. It's because of the way the GLX's are made.

All my rods are IMX's.

Any idea when you are heading up??? During the week eve. is better for me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll try and get down to the scrapyard early next week to unload my copper. Unless something comes up I will try for Thursday evening or Saturday morning.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Come on BB, you are better than that. You as much as anyone know that ONE player doesn't make an NHL Team a Stanley Cup contender so why put that blame on him. Sure, a player like Crosby certainly helps, but we aren't talking about the money that Crosby is getting here either. Comparing Koivu's contracts to equivalent players with similar production is quite compelling. He has performed better than many of his peers for his current contract and with the lower AV of his new deal if he continues similar numbers it will be a bargain. I wasn't too happy about the NMC either, but I take that as a bargaining chip so CF didn't have to go with a longer term deal. 2 years is sufficient and I think it works well for both parties. You are right, there are many people out there with more knowledge about the market and what he could have gotten elsewhere and when it may have made sense to sign him, but the fact is you don't want to wait to sign him until after the season for if no other reason at all than to allow him to be a UFA and hear other offers. This will be my last post about the Koivu extension because clearly we don't see eye to eye on whether it made/makes sense, but I assure you there are a large number of "hockey minds" that are in agreement with me on this. Here is some afternoon reading for you: https://www.hockeywilderness.com/2017/9/20/16332552/mikko-koivu-contract-extension-minnesota-wild-criticism-overpaid-chuck-fletcher-cap-space
    • Btw......for you bass purists .... a couple days before the above success, I located mostly largemouth with one smallmouth on the edge of bulrushes adjacent to a deep drop off.  Probably a dozen fish in 20 casts with a Senko. Nothing of any real size. Always fun getting fish on four or five consecutive casts.
    • Great find! I did a little research and did not find an I.D.  Hopefully someone will know what it is.
    • You are 100% correct... a guy has to be smart about it. There is nothing magic about inverters... its takes a lot of DC juice to make a little AC juice. On the flipside though, I have a 120vac 32" TV/DVD player that only draws 51 watts AC.... meaning that it should (hypothetically) only draw 4.25 amps DC. Even with a 15% draw added for the inefficiency of the inverter, I am still under 5 amp. Usually I will run the generator for a few hours between 10 am and 2 pm. Then it is off until 7 pm or so... Then I will fill it up and let it run through out the night. It will run about 9 hrs on eco, so by 4 am or so it is out of gas... but the batteries are topped off nice to run the routine again. The 4 hr run isn't necessary, but does offer some security. With a 5 and a 7 yr old fishing with me the majority of the time, the TV usually doesn't turn off during the day.
    • I believe the crawlers are not natural forage and using them as bait emulates large larvae.  
    • Like I stated earlier and others with more knowledge than anyone on here have as well..we should have waited...I also was unaware of the no trade clause which he was able to get without any less $$...pure stupidity...we'll know in 8/9 months how this pans out...it boot straps us from further improving the team with younger talent is my main issue. As far as a captain, lifelong wild...blah blah blah....if he is such a pillar, such a great player, such a leader of the team...where has he taken us? The playoff record speaks for itself....time to dump guys like Koivu at the soonest opportunity who have done all they can or at least decrease their pay in later years not increase them...they took us as far as they could...and we've already got vets like Parise, Suter, Spurgeon, Granlund, Coyle, Brodin locked in on long term deals; give one of them the C to carry us forward.  
    • Where ya going? Numbers are pretty bad this year... I would suggest looking at Edmunds or Faulk county if you haven't already locked in somewhere.
    • This is my first time hunting bear. Have two coming to the bait, both after dark, and the small one shows up at odd times in the early A.M. I was thinking a honey burn might tempt one or the other to come in during shooting time. The big guy comes in after the little one at night, but he hangs around for an hour. The smaller one comes back multiple time during the night. I have tried to come in before shooting time, but I have bumped him twice now.  
  • Our Sponsors