Originally Posted by Auntie Em
My best recommendation is; DON'T put a time line on it!! It'll take as long as it takes, and maybe a bit more! The whole idea of building a rod your self is for the enjoyment of it! HAVE FUN with it! Put on wraps, then take them off again! Do it till it feels natural. When/if it becomes a frustration or looses its fun ... put it down, and come back to it later. Don't push it.
Regardless of how it turns out, that will be your first rod! You did it! Fish it with pride!!
Understood. My question was motivated by wondering whether it could be accomplished in a sufficiently timely fashion to give me a rod to fish with if I didn't have any other. Since I've arranged to trade my current rod rather than sell it, this is no longer an issue. But it also means I probably wouldn't start on one until June or so. I've got a couple in mind - a 7'6" 3wt for small stream, and then a spin/fly with reversible handle for my wife. She really only fishes spin, but wants the possibility of doing fly with the same rod. Her current rod has a Tennessee handle that really doesn't hold the reel well. I was hoping I could just put a new handle on hers, but apparently that's not as workable as making a new rod. There are also a couple of extended family members I wouldn't mind make spin rods for, they have zero interest in fly fishing.