Someone going to FlyRodFanatic on has a 22 Part Series on YouTube on Fly Rod Building... YouTube - FlyrodFanatic's Channel
Fortunately the jobs my mother asked me to complete on her house were all more simple than I thought they would end up so I finished them already. However it was nice to spend several hours with her, plus my daughter came over and we all had lunch together.
Upon Ron and Hook & Hackle's (H&H) commendation I ended up choose one of H&H's Xi blanks that was on a nice sale price last weekend and some real nice components. A Limited Edition REC nickel silver reel seat with cocobolo wood insert, H&H titanium stripper and snake guide kit, and H&H Titanium Tip Top, and a H&H chrome hook keeper. The blank is a nice dark green. I had several colors of thread already light green, red, black, and gold. I wish I had silver thread. Then I would attempt to use the light green as the main wrapping color with a red trimmed with silver trim ring. This is my first rod, but I think I'm going to attempt trim rings anyway. I will be using FlexCoat Lite on the wraps and planning on 2 coats.
8/20/10 Last Evening I found the spine (I hope) in all 4 sections of my blank and marked it in numerous places down the each section with a china marker.
8/21/10 As of today after building arbors from fiberglass drywall tape I have epoxied my reel seat wood insert in place with Rod Bond and tomorrow I will epoxy the threads and butt cap in place.
I'm really chomping at the bit to do more... I have a very good feeling that I will be able to do a respectable job on this project, even though its my first attempt at rod building.
8/22/10 Installed the nickel silver threads and butt cap today.
The reel seat looks sweet on the rod.
All comments and suggestions especially from experienced rod builders will be much appreciated!