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  1. I believe St. Croix has stopped selling their blanks. You might find some NOS at some supplier. Seems like maybe the higher end blanks were still going to be available but it might take some searching.
  2. To add to my previous post. I think Tanderson15's point is completely valid and also your guide train will be compromised. Your reel will be 6 inches closer to your first guide and this may change how your guides function. Don't let my opinion keep you from doing this if you are set on it, but it may not turn out the way you want. It is really hard to find "good" short rods or short blanks to build on. I think you can buy the St. Croix blank, not sure about the Falcon. North Fork Composites has 5 and 1/2 foot blanks that could be cut down and they have a quality product but their customer service may leave something to be desired. Best of luck however you decide to go.
  3. Given the choice, anyone building a rod would fit the handle from the tip. With that said it is perfectly acceptable to fit it from the butt and to build up the blank to fit with arbors. Removing the old handle and reel seat is a little bit of a job and once you do that and then fit the new handle and reel seat it may be more economical to purchase a new blank and have an reputable rod builder build you what you want. Hope this helps.
  4. Mitch, you come by the house, I will supply the Bourbon. I will "let" you tie leaders on all my rods that have braid on them. I don't know what FG stands for but I know it is a hard knot to get right.
  5. So I will admit to not having read all 8 pages, and I meant to bring this up when we talked the other day Mitch. So the story is the cat was following the blood trail, and maybe someone else mentioned it, but only an idiot would drag a deer backwards. In the first picture the deer is facing towards the cat so the person dragging the deer either turned the deer around or is said idiot. I would call BS on the incident but looks like a very large bobcat.
  6. It is always good to see friends. Bill and Scott. Next time I will get you some chairs.
  7. Smalliebigs and bjovan, I timed the two of you. You did talk for hours. Tim
  8. The truth is that many good lures do not look particularly "fish-like". The other truth is that no lure ever caught a fish hanging on a peg at the bait shop.
  9. I normally use an EWG hook and Texpose, but I have noticed several pros going to the straight shanked hook with keeper. Get some sleep.
  10. Mitch, one of the biggest fish I ever caught in Missouri was on the Strike King version of a fluke in that Elaztech like material. That was on a stream we both fish. It might have been 15 years ago. I always wondered if whoever held the patent for the stuff was making it for Strike King, anyway it seems to have disappeared.
  11. Andy you may be thinking of another Norm. The recent stories refer to Norm Leppo who to my knowledge never posted here. Norm M. (last name escapes me) lived in northern Illinois and did post here as well as on River Smallies. His posts were great and he passed away last year I think. I remember now the other Norm's last name was Minas. Anyway two great Norms both will be missed.
  12. As this thread has kind of gone sideways I don't mind going with the flow and pay my respects to Norm. Norm was very committed to the conservation cause and did much to further it in anyway he could. He was a long time member of the Missouri Smallmouth Alliance as well as a member of the Missouri Conservation Federation. He both supported and worked with other organisations that furthered the conservation cause. Norm had many sites that he monitored for water quality thru the Missouri Stream Team banner. Norm not only talked the talk but walked the walk. We could all learn alot from his example. And yes Norm loved the Panther Martin.
  13. The best thing any river fisherman can do is to purchase MDC's Paddlers Guide. I may not have the name quite right but you can get it online or at Powder Valley. It is like $9.00.
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