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  1. seacitizen

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    Ok guys, I need some help. I am looking to build a 14wt rod. But i need some help on blank selection. the plan is to use this rod for short casting to sailfish and boiling tuna.

    so i was thinking:

    7'0"-8'6"
    extended full wells grip
    thats about it.

    there are a few of design requirements:

    it has to fit in my board bag, so it has to break down to under 6'7"
    has to cast at least 40ft
    has to be less than $200
    That's also about it.

    I have heard of people converting spinning rod blanks and hotshot blanks, modifying (cutting the tip) longer fly rod blanks, but i don't really know where to start. i am all ears. no set or preconceived notions.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    Entry level spey / switch rod , 8 or 9 weight would cast the same line weights as a 14 / 15 wt . Two hand design , generally 3 or 4 pieces . Built to cast 500 grain for 8 wt , 600 for 9 wt . Rig it Skagit for large flies on a short heavy head . Just a thought . WR
     
    #2 William Ritchie, Mar 26, 2020 at 5:21 PM
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    my only issue with that concept is that most spey/switch rods are like 10'6" or longer. not ideal for lifting 100-200lbs of fish...
     
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    Guess your right there . Have seen plenty of marlin / sailfish / Tarpon , caught on a fly . Will be interesting to see if you come up with as a purpose built design . maybe a 9 to 10 ft surf rod blank ? WR
     
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    Not many options in a factory fly blank that meets those parameters - especially the price. Most heavyweight fly blanks are >$400

    Best economical factory rod is TFO Bluewater SG MD. Unfortunately they don’t sell the blank.

    Some anglers have made heavyweight fly rods from spinning blanks but they don’t cast well.

    I might know of a fly blank Available though. It will fit your budget easily with $ to spare - if it is still available. I Will need to check with someone. Will send PM tomorrow.

    By the way you may be able to go with something lighter depending on size of fish. Lots of Sailfish to 100lbs caught on 12 or 13 wts. But if they go deep you will appreciate a heavier rod. Marlin are tougher, or so I’m told.

    I’ve caught lots of tuna to 28lbs (albacore and yft ) on 12 and 13 wts.
     
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    Caballito , I have been looking at that rod and it that is both a source of frustration and inspiration. i would like to basically build that rod, but redington does not sell blanks! if i cannot find a suitable blank, that is the rod i will ultimately end up buying.
     
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    Thank you for the input Craig, you're definitely right about the price point. if you do find something suitable i would greatly appreciate it if you let me know.
     
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    PM sent. Confirmed existence of blanks and provided info on how to acquire.
     

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