Salmon Rod conversion into longish float rod?

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Salmon Rod conversion into longish float rod?

Post by Gobio Gobio » Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:21 am

Sounds crazy perhaps but has anyone converted a Salmon fly rod into a float rod?.
Yes I know the handle is not perfect etc but wondered as I think they have some potential and in many cases have a spare tip too.

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Re: Salmon Rod conversion into longish float rod?

Post by Stef » Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:03 am

The Salmon rods I have handled felt far too heavy and would have been too slow on the strike I suppose. Even purpose made float rods can feel a bit top heavy when made of split cane throughout. At a certain length a butt section made of whole cane or spanish reed does improve the balance a lot, I haven‘t seen a salmon rod with a whole cane butt though.

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Re: Salmon Rod conversion into longish float rod?

Post by MGs » Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:52 am

I'm with Stef on this. Salmon rods by their nature are designed with a slow action. This is to pick up the line and act as a sort of spring on the cast. The "action" will be along a reasonably large proportion of the rod. I don't think it would be anywhere near stiff enough to pick up line quick enough to strike a float rig.
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Re: Salmon Rod conversion into longish float rod?

Post by Gobio Gobio » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:23 pm

Just my thoughts but only a crazy idea. Seems to be a glut of cane Salmon rods which made me wonder.
Thanks for your thoughts.

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Re: Salmon Rod conversion into longish float rod?

Post by SeanM » Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:06 pm

I think that a more appropriate use would be to make a handle that fits the bottom ferrule. Using this with the to two sections might well make a nice ledger rod. It will likely have a very soft through action though.
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Re: Salmon Rod conversion into longish float rod?

Post by Olly » Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:24 pm

A nice barbel rod perhaps?

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Re: Salmon Rod conversion into longish float rod?

Post by Tengisgol » Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:41 pm

The first ever cane rod renovation I did was to 'convert' a four piece Hardy salmon rod into an eleven and a bit three piece rod. The cane is lovely and I did a great job apart from using cheap ferrules and writing something silly in black ink. You live and learn.

As a rod however it is great for barbel!
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Re: Salmon Rod conversion into longish float rod?

Post by Catfish.017 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:04 pm

I made a reasonably good ten foot six rod from a twelve foot salmon rod which had lost a few inches off the middle section? I shortened the butt and turned the cork down to a full length parallel shape and found a Wizardish top section to finish it. It made a surprisingly 'crisp' Avon type rod, a nice all rounder.

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Re: Salmon Rod conversion into longish float rod?

Post by OldAngler » Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:59 pm

I agree with Stef and MGs.
I did make a float rod from an old salmon rod. It is heavy, slow on the strike, and not really a good rod at all.

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Re: Salmon Rod conversion into longish float rod?

Post by Vole » Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:21 am

What are the dimensions of the tip section?
It strikes me that some of it might make a decent tip for a standard "Bottom-fishing" rod with two sections of Tonkin cane for butt and middle; the rest becoming a landing-net handle, and maybe a rod-rest.
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