For tools you'd need:
- razor blades (hardware store)
- I use painter's tape to hold the guides on
- china marker
- small craft brushes
- small mixing cups
- rod wrapper (can buy them or build one)
- rod dryer (again can buy one or make one)
If you want info on making your own, let us know. They can be purchased from rod building websites.
For places to get the tools and components, I use acidrod, js
fly fishing, utmost enterprises, and golden witch though there are many other places out there. I've JS
Fly Fishing and Acid Rod carry a lot of what you'll need in terms of components and equipment. Utmost offers a discount on stuff made by Batson. Cabelas sells rod building stuff, check their bargain cave, there are sometimes kits on sale.
I don't have a specific kit to recommend. The advantage of getting one is you're sure to get the components you need. The disadvantage is you might prefer slightly different components on your custom rod. Just depends on how confident you are ordering everything a la carte your first time. I don't like kits personally as I like to customize my rod more, including making my own grips rather than using pre-made ones included in kits. Order some extra thread colors too. Thread is cheap and you're already paying shipping for the order. The kit may come with a thread color, but if you order some other colors it will give you options to customize the rod. If you don't get a kit we can help you be sure to order what you need, just ask.
I would recommend buying the finish for the wraps separately. A kit may come with some, but it's best to have plenty. Otherwise you might feel pressure to use finish that is starting to cure and end up with a bad result. If you have plenty, if the finish has started to cure you can just mix up another batch. Along with that, buy a bunch of small brushes and mixing cups. They are cheap and it's a pain to run out of them.
Other advice, watch youtube videos on wrapping guides and other parts of building, check you library for books on rod building (also check inter-library loan and get books from across the state or even other states), ask lots of questions there are a lot of helpful and experienced folks on here, and finally, take your time. You can wrap a guide, cut it off and do it again.
Welcome to the world of rod building! It's a lot of fun. Just took a new rod out this past weekend, my first time using bamboo. I built the rod from a blank and enjoyed catching the first fish on the new rod.