Originally Posted by HookEmHorns
I know this is kind of a pain in the ass and has been gone over at some point, but I was wondering what all is needed to actually build your own fly rod. I think that would be the most awesome thing to have is a custom made rod. What kind of tools and processes do you use? Any books would be awesome and any help would be great too. Also, what kind of materials are needed to complete a fly rod? Like a 9ft 2-piece 6 or 7wt rod. Not real sure what action I would want, but probably a fast-medium action... I just think it would be such a great feeling to have someone ask what kind of fly rod I have and be able to say that I made it myself! Thanks for the help!
Internet sources are amazing. Google up fly rod building. I started out just doing one. Then another. Then another. And another. Etc. Etc. Etc.
Custom rod building throws all rules out the window. Plus, you can add you're own little touches to make the rod stand out. My favorite rod is basically a plain Jane. Nothing fancy. Just clean looking.
But you can't get that from a factory rod.
You'll need a-
Blank of your choice,
might want a winding check,
Guides of your choice- chrome, black, blued, gold, bronze. Snake guides or single foot, and a matching tip top, 9' rod will take 10 or 11 guides.
Thread- choice of color- choice of thread type- silk or nylon,
Thread finish- spar varnish, thread epoxy (lots of different brands and types out there).
Then comes the building part
But before you do, read, read, read.