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 Post subject: First UL Rod
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 1:49 pm • # 1 
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Trying to decide between these two blanks:
1.) Rainshadow Unity 6' 6" 2 wt 4 piece
2.) Proof 6' 6" 2 wt 4 piece

I REALY want a 3 wt. medium action (not fast) to cast a double taper line in close and my reading on this forum indicates most all 2 wts. are really 3 wts. Any other suggestions are appreciated. Budget is under 100 but that can stretch some. I considered Fiberglass but I don't want my first fiberglass rod in a long long time to be a budget rod.

My local waters are the small mountain streams in the Los Angeles area with the occasional trip to the Sierra and Trinity Alps High Country Lakes.

For 35 years, my light trout rods have been 2 piece HMG 5 weights at 7.5 and 8.5 feet and lately a 4 piece 8 foot Rainshadow II 5 weight that matches two rods that I built for my kids. I haven't liked this last one but use it because it matches the kids' rods when we back pack. (Maybe it needs a 6 weight line.)

Thanks all,
Jeff

edit: I will be putting a Berkley 454 on it because it is so light. I can't find my 1492.


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 Post subject: Re: First UL Rod
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 5:19 pm • # 2 
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RDP blanks are my favorite UL blanks .


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 Post subject: Re: First UL Rod
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 5:40 pm • # 3 
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I have a couple of Batson Forcast 6'6" 2wts in stock, That I can get you into for around 80.00 complete with Grip, import seat and import guides, or with quality Lemke seat with stabilized insert and Snake Brand Univeresal guides for 120.00


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 Post subject: Re: First UL Rod
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:05 pm • # 4 
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Remind me... isn't the Unity blank the successor to the Forecast?

I have the blue 6'6" 2wt Forecast RX6 in the 4pc, and it makes a nice little 3wt.


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 Post subject: Re: First UL Rod
PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:12 am • # 5 
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Yes the unity did replace the forcast


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 Post subject: Re: First UL Rod
PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 2:29 pm • # 6 
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Thanks for the offer SWCR but I got a deal on the Unity 6' 6" 2 wt. and the blank arrived yesterday. Pretty blank with very slim ferules. For those of you who also at times fish heavier rods, to you generally put a shorter and slimmer grip on your ultralights? and perhaps even a shorter reel seat?


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 Post subject: Re: First UL Rod
PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 5:12 pm • # 7 
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In terms of aesthetics it seems logical to use a shorter, thinner grip, and some folks most likely do just that. I personally don't, simply because my hands do not get any smaller just because of using a lighter rod. Regarding the reel seats, we should remember that the size of reel seats is pretty much standardized at about 2.5 - 2.75".


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 Post subject: Re: First UL Rod
PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2021 12:23 pm • # 8 
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Wondering if maybe your metric to std conversion is off a bit? That's a bit short on the reel seats. More like 3.25 to 3.5", maybe a little less.

Also, I don't prefer a thinner grip on a specific rod, but I do like a bit thinner grip on my UL rods. I find that with smaller and shorter rods, I'm not having to grip as strongly because they're lighter and have less leverage on me. More of a finesse hand grip.


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 Post subject: Re: First UL Rod
PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2021 12:42 pm • # 9 
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Sorry, my mistake. I meant to write that "the size of reel FEET is pretty much standardized at about 2.5 - 2.75 inches". I checked a few reels, measuring in inches. I hate doing metric to standard conversion, too much math.


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 Post subject: Re: First UL Rod
PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2021 5:34 pm • # 10 
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https://cdn.ymaws.com/affta.org/resourc ... andard.pdf

This is the actual specs, although a lot of imports do not always follow suit


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 Post subject: Re: First UL Rod
PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2021 10:24 am • # 11 
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Here is my budget build: Unity 6” 6” 2 wt. Reel seat is from ksn47 on ebay. Hook and Hackle guide set plus one. Reshaped premise grip found in a box of stuff. Man-O-War varnish. 2.12 oz with 2.7 oz Berkeley 554. I have a Peach DT 3 for it.
Trying to figure out posting a pic.


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 Post subject: Re: First UL Rod
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 9:41 am • # 12 
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Classtime,

Would love to see your Unity 6’6” 2wt. I have the same blank and haven’t decided on hardware yet!

Thanks!

The Guy Gill

PS: You can PM me for email address and I can post pictures!


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 Post subject: Re: First UL Rod
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 10:19 am • # 13 
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Classtime wrote:
Trying to figure out posting a pic.


I did a quick how to in this thread, using postimage.org Maybe it will help?
viewtopic.php?f=72&t=12866


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