Sharon and I took the Kayaks and Bella the Swamp Dog, over to Rhodes Pond today . We had a good time, it is always such a nice place to paddle.Today it seemed that everyone had the same idea. When we got there the parking lot was full of vehicles with kayak carriers on top. plus a couple of trailers. Several big groups were paddling today. it didn't matter there's plenty of room back in there. Here are some shots from today.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
This past Saturday the 9th of July , we had a clean up of our local lake. This lake is the only public fishing area except for the river in our area. It can get to be quite a mess , not so much from the people who fish there but all the other elicit activities that go no there. It is nothing to find the parking lots full of beer bottles , used condoms, or hypo needles. We are working with the city official to try to get the illegal activity out there controlled. But untill then we will try to keep the area policed. We hold a bi-annual clean up with other organizations, but the FAAN members pick up trash every time we go out there on our own Here is a slide show from this past event.
|You can see a section of the rod blank on top of the box.|
Hey Cabela's kill any trees lately.
My Tip Tops and the blank for the 6piece fly rod, I am building for my Father-in-Law, arrived last evening. It was funny , the size of the box that they came in. The rod blank was only 19 inches long , the only other thing in the box was 2 rod tip tops and a magazine that Cabelas is putting out. I guess they are making enough they can afford to have a little over kill in there packing department. I will say that they were fairly quick in getting it to me. So on with the rod building.
Now on to the rod for my father-in-law. We are going out to Wyoming to spend a week with them in Sept. Going to surprise him with this rod. They have a huge 5th wheel Travel Trailer they live in.
Spending the winters in Livingston Texas and then go out west for the summers. It will be my first time to Wyoming so really looking forward to it. Not to mention the fishing.
|The six pieces of the blank.|
|You can see the burl in the insert|
|End cap for the Reel Seat|
|Arbors of masking tape. The larger build up is for the space|
between the insert and the threaded portion of the reel
|Front of the reel seat|
|Back with the section that had to be built up on the blank|
|Ready for dry fit|
|Dry fit looks good|
|Added thin arbors on the blank to center the handle|
The Veneer Calipers help to get the arbors sized right .
|Used 220 sand paper to rough the finish for the epoxy to |
Using the ProBound for the reel seat and handle. Works good for me , like the consistency of it. Builds good between the arbors and doesn't sag.
I have a ton of these little plastic plates, left over from middle daughters wedding. For the finishing plan to cover the plat with tin foil to dissipate the heat of the epoxy .
|Ready to install the reel seat and end cap|
|Holding the end cap on with more tape|
|All gooped up and ready for the handle.|
|Freaked a little when the epoxy came pushing through|
the forward hole in the reel seat that the foot of the reel
goes in. Cleaned it out with paper towels then stuffed one in
it that is soaked in alcohol to keep it open.
|Here it is all clamped up and ready to cure.|
Now just waiting on it to cure , well that and the guide set that is on order from Mud Hole . Talked to them this morning , should be in to them any day now. So hopefully it will be here soon. Like I said need to finish this before I go to Wyoming in September.
I decided to go a head and put the tip top on the blank while I had the ProBond mixed up. I always seem to mix up too muck of that any ways.
I got it all gooped up but after putting it on the tip it felt like it needed a small arbor tot tighten up the fit.So pulled it off and wiped it down with a alcohol soaked paper towel and apply 2 wraps of masking tape and it fit like a charm.
So now just waiting on parts ...reminisces of my time back in the Army ....seems like we were always waiting parts.