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Old 01-23-2010, 10:57 PM
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Default Re: Let's Build a Rod Together

Guys and gals, hopefully something is coming up real soon.
In the mean time, all the ones interested in building a rod, just Google up fly rod building. I think the first step is to understand what you're getting yourself into Take some time to get acquainted with the hobby/obsession. You Tube has some videos on rod wrapping also.
What you're going to need component wise to start out-
Blank
Reel seat and insert- Uplocking, downlocking, sliding band, uplocking sliding band, downlocking sliding band. Nickel silver finish with wood inserts, aluminum- plain and anodized hardware, solid aluminum seats (usually for salt water apps)
Cork rings or cork grip- many styles to choose from
Guides- stripper guide and snake or single foot guides and a tip top. A rule of thumb for the number of guides is at least one more than the length of your blank. 7' blank- 8 guides and a tip top. 9' blank, 10 guides and a tip top. Etc. Etc.
Thread- your choice of color(s) Thread colors depend mainly on the blank color- something to compliment each other.
Rod builder epoxy (for the reel seat and grip), thread epoxy- High build (thick football type coating) Lite (thinner and less obtrusive IMHO) I like Permagloss or spar varnish too.
Some razor blades for cutting the thread.

Main Options are, Winding check-nickel silver, rubber, etc. Hook keeper- some people just don't like them.

Other goodies- feather inlays, rattan grips, burnt, copana, burled cork rings.
Dan, Auntie Em- any other suggestions?
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