Here is a question from Volume 6, Issue #3 of RodMaker
I thought the Common Cents article was great. But I
work with the heavier fly rods and get tired of
counting all the pennies each time. Is there
something else I could use that weighs more to
begin with, and then just add the needed cents once
I get close to the needed deflection? I was thinking
about getting some sort of solid weights and measuring
them. What do you think of this idea? Rob...Hammond, IN
I think that as we all use the system more and more,
we'll come up with some well needed shortcuts. One
of them will be along the lines of what you mention.
I keep some very small zip-lock bags pre-loaded with
pennies in various number. On the outside of the
bags I write the number of pennies contained within.
For instance, I have bags containing 10, 20 and 30
pennies respectively. If I end up needing, say, about
74 pennies to get the needed deflection, I'll quickly
add two bags of 30 pennies each, one bag of 10 pennies
and then an empty bag which I'll add the remaining
single cent pieces to. But if you go this route you'll
want to use the smallest and thinnest bags you can get.
Small platic bags don't weight much, but they could
add up and throw your measurements off if you go
overboard. ~ Tom Kirkman
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