10-16-2008, 02:39 PM
Re: Starting out?
By all means start with a kit.
A Lot less to worry about that way.
I don't build a lot of rods like some guys, but when I 'need' a new rod I'll build it myself rather than buy 'factory'
I have an old Herter's rod wrapper and a homemade turner, but I'm just as likely to wrap sitting in an easy chair with the thread spool under my leg. And I almost never use the turner.
Other tools that I use are my tying scissors, an exacto knife, dental floss, masking tape, and a popsicle stick
It doesn't take a lot
With a little patience, anyone that can tie a fly can build a nice rod on the first try
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart