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    I just got back from the digging through the in-laws storage shed and found some old fiberglass spinning rods. They are around 6' long. I was wondering if it was possible to strip all the old hardware off the blank and build a decent fly rod out of them?

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    I've gone the other way: taking a fly blank and building a spinning rod on it. Read that you take the rod weight and put it over 16 to get the lure weight. Eg a 5 wt would be 5/16 oz, just a ball park though. Have no idea if the rod action would work well for a fly rod. Could start with the Common Cents method to get a sense of the weight and action of a blank then build and see how it goes.
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    If you are going to spend the time to build a fly rod, and the money for guides, cork, a reel seat, thread, color preserver, and epoxie finish, I'd suggest you spend a few more bucks and buy a blank. The taper and action will probably work a lot better for you. Build a rod that suits your style of fishing.
    If you don't spin fish, give the spin rods to a scout troop, homeless shelter, or Goodwill. It's a tax deduction, too !
    Which ever way you go, show us the finished build. Have fun with the project !
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    I've done it.
    I converted the 4'9" solid fiberglass spin rod that I'd had since age 4 to fly.
    Don't ever use it, but I'm still glad that I preserved the rod.

    A few years ago, on another forum, a bunch of people were building short fly rods from cheap spin rod blanks.
    I think that a member here, Auntie Em, was one of them
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    Default Re: Old Spinning rod into a Fly Rod

    Throw a fly reel on it as is and cast it. That should give you some idea if it'll work. My guess is it will.

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    How funny, Rip Tide, that you'd remember that! Yes, a good many years ago we were challenged to build a serviceable fly rod, from a spinning rod ... for under $25! And, proved it can be done very successfully! We cut and ferruled the rod blank, added basic guides, a basic grip and reel seat. I think all of us who participated in this project were surprised at how well the rods fished! It definitely can be done. If the rod you're considering is a family heirloom ... I'd probably not do it. If it's a rod you like, or a new purchase (there're some pretty kewl colors available out there now!!) go for it! Fishing's all about having fun.
    Don't look back ... we ain't goin' that way!

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    Default Re: Old Spinning rod into a Fly Rod

    I've done this and know of some others who gave it a try. Like Auntie Em said, they can be cast successfully but it seems like they need more line than you'd use on a similar true fly rod blank. My 6' ultralight needs a 6wt. minimum and actually can handle a 7wt. Kind of defeats the purpose of the short, light rod.

    I go along with the suggestion that for all the work required I'd get a blank for the purpose you want. Some decent ones available for not too much $$.

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    Default Re: Old Spinning rod into a Fly Rod

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    I've done it.
    I converted the 4'9" solid fiberglass spin rod that I'd had since age 4 to fly.
    Don't ever use it, but I'm still glad that I preserved the rod.

    A few years ago, on another forum, a bunch of people were building short fly rods from cheap spin rod blanks.
    I think that a member here, Auntie Em, was one of them
    I may have to send you a few of my old spinners... *whistling*
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    When i was in jr. high school one of our neighbors, who was moving away, gave me a box of old Fishing stuff. in it was an old fly reel seat and handle, some snake guides and some old brown fenwick wrapping thread and i already had an old 5' fiberglass ul spinning rod that was on its last legs. So i stripped the rod, and with only the aid some old 1960's rod making book of my dads along with his wrapper and some epoxy, concocted some sort of frankenstein small stream oddball rod that i used for a few fun summers catching little 6-8" rainbows on this tiny creek up in AK. You know, the kind you could step across?
    Not sure where that thing is today, probably buried in a shed at my parents place.

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    I haven't made a Spinning Rod into A Fly Rod however I remember over 35 years ago when I used to Spin as well as Fly Fish:
    Well The Story goes it was in The evening & I was about to return to Camp as I'd been Spinning for a couple of hours & was looking forward to a "Cold One" ..I had kept a couple of Fish for The next mornings as well I released many more.
    Then Fish Started Rising everywhere & even though it was probably 400-500 yards to The Camp & I had A Fly Reel as well as a few Flies in My Bag & on my Hat so I rigged up with my Spinning Rod ..from memory it was either 7 or 7Ft 6".
    Although it wasn't The best Rod I've ever Cast with it did The Job & I landed a few nice Fish.
    So The Beer I was looking forward to had to wait a couple of hours.
    Brian

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