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Possible solution to split MM Freehand shanks

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by WyoBob, Nov 6, 2010.

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  1. WyoBob

    WyoBob Member

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    I "banded" my MM Freehand this morning to prevent possible splitting of the shank. I used 6/0 black fly tying thread and coated the bands with clear nail polish when I was done. Kind of a pain and doesn't look as good as a metal band but ya gotta work with what you've got. I found out my hands don't work as well as they did the last time I tied flies :(

    WyoBob

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  2. user0003

    user0003 Well-Known Member

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    I think it looks way cool!
     
  3. Grammaton

    Grammaton Member

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    I like that better than a metal band. Metal would look out of place. I like the twin wraps.
     
  4. Santa

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    That get's the Santa seal of approval. :thumbsu:

    Santa think's he's very lucky to have legions of elves with small hands to tie his flies, they do some great midges :thumb:
     
  5. soundlzrd

    soundlzrd Active Member

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    I really like that. I haven't even smoked my freehand in fear of breaking it. This looks wonderful.
     
  6. erickghint

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    I don't know what you're talking about, man. I think it looks friggin great.
     
  7. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    Looks good! (Do you also make split cane fly rods? Just wonderin'). Definitely a more elegant solution to a common problem.
     
  8. WyoBob

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    I gave it a thought at one time. I decided I'd rather build and fly airplanes. I don't do that any more since loosing my medical and I'd rather fish than build rods.

    A good bamboo rod is a beautiful thing but there's lots of man hours in building one. I have a couple "boos" but, while beautiful to look at, I don't like casting them as they're heavy and too slow for my casting style.

    And thanks everyone for the compliments. Maybe I have a career ahead of me as a "shank wrapper". :eek:hyeah:

    WyoBob
     
  9. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    You said it...shank wrapper. :eek:hyeah: Still...your ingenuity speaks loudly...If I buy a 'regular' MM Freehand, I'll be looking at my fly kit to 'pre-emptively' repair the shank. Definitely elegant!
     
  10. telltime

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    I agree with Grammaton. To me it looks better than a metal band would. Dresses it up without being too fancy.
     
  11. Puff The Magic

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    Great job WyoB!

    You'll know how well it fares over time. I've got some "split-keyrings" from ACE Hardware that are on a "new shank" but not on a pipe yet. Gotta break the pipe down to slide the ring up onto the shank. So, for me, it's the lowly "zip tie". Or, I'm using wormz & hookz where WyoBob is using a flyrod! Yep, we be fishin'!

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    Ed Puff!
    cogito ergo puff
     
  12. Falconeer

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    Hi All,

    Bob's idea is absolutely brilliant! I'd wondered if this type of thing would work but I'd never thought of using two rings - I think it looks really fantastic - will try it when next back home.

    Many thanks for posting

    Gerry
     
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