09-05-2010, 11:21 AM
Re: YouTube Rod Building Videos & My Current Progress
It sounds like your blank is not getting enough bite (grab & hold) on the thread, it could be either the first few wraps that secure the thread when you start, or the final wraps that you pull the tag end back under. I would try adding a couple more turns on each end. I usually go with 5-6.
A wooden dowel is great to practice with, but it is different than a rod blank in that the raw unfinished wood will bite the thread better than the slick finish on a blank.
Another thought is that maybe your thread tension may need to be just a bit tighter.
It does get easier with time. It can/will make a calm person swear too!
"I've never missed a Steelhead by waiting too long. It's true, but I've missed plenty trying to set the hook too quickly."