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The Hook & Hackle Company encourages support of those "Wounded Warriors" who have suffered physical and/or emotional injury as a result of their service to our great country.

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Rose River Farm, Virginia's finest private water trout fishing experience, has just gotten even better. Now in addition to over a mile of private water managed for Trophy Trout (all strictly on the fly and catch and release) they have added luxury rental cabins. As an introductory special ....

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The Hook & Hackle Company highly endorses this fine bonefish, tarpon & permit fishing destination. Our recent visit there exceeded our expectations many times over.

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Nora's colorful artwork just blow's me away! Best known for her watercolors, Nora has spent time painting on location all over the U.S.

 

I recently purchased a couple of prints from her Rich Pool Series which have become instant favorites!

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From time to time, we will feature different folks who are making a difference to fly fishing, conservation, outdoor art, helping others & so on. We welcome your suggestions for this column.


Peter C. Thompson, artist, writer, fly fisher & conservationist is our current feature.

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The USA Youth Fly Fishing Team is a carefully selected group of young anglers from across the United States

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Finishes, Glues & Tip Top Cement!

Your source for flyfishing and flycraft resources since 1975.

When speaking of rod building 'finish,' we're refering to the coat of epoxy that is put on the guide wraps. This is the coat which is usually applied ONLY TO THE THREADS.

When speaking of 'glue,' we mean the epoxy that is used to attach parts, like the grip to the blank, reel seat, and so on.

Tip Top cement is used just as you'd think. It's usually a solid that you can melt in order to achieve a good bond between the blank and the tip top. Tip Top Cement is formulated so that the guide can be manipulated in order to have it line up with the spine of the blank. It's nice to have the 'wiggle room' when working on your rod. One stick of this adhesive will last for about 100 rods, so there is no reason to cut corners here. Some of these are two-part epoxy type products instead of a solid. These will also allow for the tip top to be moved when heat is applied. This is also helpful when you wish to repair the rod.

More About the Finish

Much has been said and written about fishing rod finishes, but once again we'll try and make this simple for you.

Two-part epoxy finishes, Flex Coat, Trondak and RodDancer for example, are available in "high build" and "light" formulas.

Most hobbyists can get away with putting on one or two coats of the "high build" and be done with it. There is no need to look for other solutions in most cases.

Some professional builders use a "light build" as a first coat and then a "high build" as a second coat. This will work fine, but you'll then have to purchase both sets of finish, which will cost more money.

Bamboo builders like thinner finishes and will use either a coat or two of "light build" or 4-5 coats of some thinner and usually one-part finish.

The most important thing we can tell you about two-part finishes is that it is essential to use equal amounts of the parts, or the finish will not cure correctly. We provide syringes for measuring and advise folks to use a full syringe (3cc) of each and not try and get away with less. You'll use a bit more of your finishes this way, but this helps to ensure proper proportion. We get calls and emails for novice builders who cannot get the finish to cure and it remains sticky. This is almost always due to uneven measuring and/or incomplete mixing. If you take care to do both carefully and correctly, you'll have no problems with your finish!

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