BEWARE!!! IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU WITHOUT YOU EVEN KNOWING YOU HAVE REACHED THE SLIPPERY SLOPE OF THE ROD BUILDING ADDICTION!!!!
It may start out under the false assumption that you can save money and then it becomes a Rodsmith addiction thing
. There are a couple of common categories of builders as folks fall deeper into the rod building addiction.
Rod assemblers: Buy everything off the shelf and assemble the rod. 99% of us started there.
Rodsmiths: Make every single component that goes on the rod. The Italian bamboo builders are amazing at making every single component
Happy medium: Make some components, but don't become super anal about the entire process. Probably 90% of semi-serious builders end up in this category.
Personally I am in the "Happy medium" category. Machine my own sliding band reel seat hardware, all my reel seat inserts, handles, majority of winding checks and all my bamboo blanks. Have the tooling to make my own snakes, ferrules and threaded seat hardware. Just too chicken/ lazy to go all the way to the dark side. But, in all honesty, I have contemplated trying my hand at Agate strippers.
We can save money by tying flies and building our own rods?? Ha, who are we kidding?