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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Taper Quest 2014 Update

From Marv Loopstra:

Yup, another email regarding SRG TaperQuest 2014.

First, just a reminder: For those who made a 7'6" 5wt rod for last year's TaperQuest, please remember to bring it again For those who DID NOT and you HAVE a 7'6" 5 wt. PLEASE BRING IT ! But before you do, PLEASE EMAIL THE TAPER TO ME so I can get it entered in the program and get the specs off to Scott Grady.

For all those bringing rods, Bob Norwood would like your comments on your rod after you finished it. This would include if is was harder of softer than expected? Does it need a larger of smaller line? Does it cast as expected (gtood short casts but not long distance, for example) How is the balance? and if it came out to be what you expected (love it, hate it, or it's already charcoal)?

With this information the final discussion with Bob should be lively (what rodmaker discussion isn't lively....), informative and probably a lot of fun! There will be new books with extra pages for notes.

See ya soon !