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swirlchaser 02-09-2012 11:38 AM

Butt wraps on a fly rod
 
Hey guys,

I've been building rods since I'm a teenager but sort of lost interest about 7 years ago. This was right about the time I started flyfishing and tying so I've never built a fly rod. I just got my hands on a 10' 5wt blank and dusted off my power wrapper. My question is this, will a decorative butt wrap significantly change the weight and balance of the rod? In the past 18-20" butt wraps and weaves were the norm for me on big saltwater rods but I'm not dealing with a 1" diameter blank here so I'm wondering if it will hurt the rod.

Hardyreels 02-09-2012 12:01 PM

Re: Butt wraps on a fly rod
 
Hi Marco,

I don't have any rods with decorative wraps but highly doubt that there will be any noticeable affect in weight or anything else.

Ard

Guest1 02-09-2012 04:18 PM

Re: Butt wraps on a fly rod
 
I've done butt wraps on a few fly rods. It does not make the slightest bit of difference in the balance or action as far as I can tell. It's not a very traditional fly rod look but if that's what you want I'd say go for it. That's what makes a custom rod custom. Just don't use lead core line to do the butt wrap and you'll be fine. You may also want to consider doing a feather inlay. It's a more traditional looking fly rod bit of art. They are also easier to do, and a heck of a lot faster. I'm going to be doing one on my spey rod I'm building and will post a step by step as I do it.

I should mention that the traditional method of doing a feather inlay does not work very well with feathers that have 'eyes'. It tends to take the round eyes and make them horribly oblong. I have a second method for those that does not distort the eye. I am going to include Grey Peacock Pheasant feathers that have a really beautiful eye on the ends, in my feather inlay so you can see both methods.

swirlchaser 02-09-2012 04:26 PM

Re: Butt wraps on a fly rod
 
Thanks guys,

I've done a few feather inlays on conventional rods but it's been a while since I've tortured myself doing a 30hr closed wrap. Not too much space to work on a flyrod so I'm looking for a pattern that will look good on a small scale. Maybe the itch will pass before I actually start this.:D

mojo 02-09-2012 07:06 PM

Re: Butt wraps on a fly rod
 
Butt wraps look ok on saltwater or spinning, baitcasting rods. Kind of like a B-17 Flying Fortress. A fly rod is a more like a F16. Feather inlays for a fly rod. Keep it sleek.
That's my opinion only. It's your rod, give it your personality. :)

swirlchaser 02-09-2012 08:17 PM

Re: Butt wraps on a fly rod
 
I think you. guys are right. I measured the blank twice and don't see how I'm going to fit a full wrap on it. I guess I'll have to build another B17 when I'm done with the flyrod.

Guest1 02-09-2012 08:22 PM

Re: Butt wraps on a fly rod
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by swirlchaser (Post 393946)
Thanks guys,

I've done a few feather inlays on conventional rods but it's been a while since I've tortured myself doing a 30hr closed wrap. Not too much space to work on a flyrod so I'm looking for a pattern that will look good on a small scale. Maybe the itch will pass before I actually start this.:D

I have the best thread wrap book ever made. PM me your address and phone number. We can come up with a few ideas and then I'll mail you the patterns.

Hardyreels 02-09-2012 08:33 PM

Re: Butt wraps on a fly rod
 
I think Dan's offer sounds great, something tells me not to goggle Butt Wrap :D

swirlchaser 02-10-2012 09:03 AM

Re: Butt wraps on a fly rod
 
PM sent. Was looking at some older wraps, you can see by the date on the first pic how rusty I am lol. I don't see anything that will scale down enough to fit a butt of a 5wt fly rod. Hopefully you have some smaller patterns. The visible face of the blank is smaller than most of the boxes these wraps started with! :confused: The St. Johns Cross may work if I do a 0 and 180 wrap only. I think adding a 90 and 270 it would close too fast no?

http://i1080.photobucket.com/albums/...o/DSC00854.jpg
This one isn't mine but it might work
http://i1080.photobucket.com/albums/...19277354_n.jpg
http://i1080.photobucket.com/albums/...2-10083723.jpg


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