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Old 08-21-2012, 07:55 AM
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Default Fixing rod guides question

Hello,

I have a cheap fly rod (e-glass) that I actually like a lot and want to repair. One of the guides is wore out, so I watched a couple of youtube videos and think I have a decent grasp of how to go about attaching a new eyelet (or reattaching the old one).

Question: Is there a widely available, cheap thread I can use? Or do I need to use some kind of fishing rod specific thread?

The epoxy I have covered.

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You can get rod building thread from the same place where you buy the new guide(s). Of course you don't have to use rod specific thread if you don't want to. The rod police will never know .
Just go with a synthetic like nylon rather than one that may rot, like cotton
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Default Re: Fixing rod guides question

Okay, thanks for the tip! Funny, is that the procedure for wrapping the thread is identical to how I "twine" my bicycle handlebars using the old-school twine and cloth handlebar tape . So it's nothing new there, but I'll be sure to not use amber shellac on my rod

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Default Re: Fixing rod guides question

If you tie flies you can use your tying thread otherwise any synthetic will work. You can seal the thread wraps with Hard as nails nail polish found everywhere. It will cause the thread to darken so if you are using colored thread just use a color several shades lighter and it will tend to match up better. Use several coats and the wraps may out live you.

If you are using a cheap rod you might consider replacing all the guides. If you do that you could use a oxide striping guide or 2 and and add a couple extra guides. Most cheap rods skimp on guide quality and quantity. Since you like the rod it would probably save a problem on the water later and probably improve the rods casting. Just be careful to use some tension but too much. You can actually crush a rod with too much pressure when wrapping guides.
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