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    Default i wanna build a fly rod this winter

    one of my winter projects is to build myself a custom rod.
    i'm looking at a 3 weight 8 ft, give or take a few inches.
    if any one has any recommendations it would be greatly appreciated


    casey


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    Default Re: i wanna build a fly rod this winter

    No suggestions from me, just that I've been thinking about doing the same think except in 12wt for tarpon!
    - A.J.

    Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...

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    Default Re: i wanna build a fly rod this winter

    Two comments and a question:

    1. Do it! It's a wonderful addiction to add onto fly fishing
    2. Check out the Rod Building Forum Rod Building (Powered by Invision Power Board) Lots of very helpful folks there, from people who are just starting to people who build professionally and can help answer your questions.

    And, do you have a price range for the blank? I've built Batson RX6 and RX7's, Matrix, Sevier, and one from Roger on ebay. None of them cost too much - budget limitations. I love my 7'6" 3wt.

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    Default Re: i wanna build a fly rod this winter

    Two thoughts:

    The handle is the biggest pain in the .. well you know where.

    Goggle "Angler's Workshop" in Woodland, Wash ... if you need it, they sell it.
    fae
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    Default Re: i wanna build a fly rod this winter

    Building rods can be very fun and frustrating. I build my first fly rod and have built 4 rods for other people since just because it's so rewarding to me. I bought most of the building supplies from Madison River Fishing Company - Ennis, Montana and I believe J Stockard has a bunch of stuff too. As fred said the handle sucks to do if you shape your own. Buy it already formed.
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    Default Re: i wanna build a fly rod this winter

    I'd recommend building from a kit for your first rod and Hook & Hackle is a good place to find one.
    I'd also recommend NOT buying any special rod building tools, at least at first. You can do just as well wrapping your guides with the blank perched on a cardboard box and turning the rod by hand as the finish sets up.
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart

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    Default Re: i wanna build a fly rod this winter

    I just finished my first 2 builds. Wasn't as satisfying as I had hoped. Actually, I found it pretty tedious - particularly wrapping the guides.

    Having said that, I'll probably do it again. The cost-savings alone make it worthwhile, it wasn't overly difficult and adding another rod to the quiver is never a bad thing.

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    Default Re: i wanna build a fly rod this winter

    I saw a guy, while fly fishing, who took a long stick and put a piece string on it and was flinging it like a flyrod, instant fly rod. It wasn't fishing line either, it was like nylon rope, he didn't catch anything. I wish I had taken a video because it was unbelievable. I thought does he really think he is going to catch something beating the water like that.
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    Default Re: i wanna build a fly rod this winter

    Casey I can't give you much advice...but do it.I've only built a rod for fun:Building a fly rod with whatever bits and pieces you could lay your hands on
    it was great...so I'll for sure build one seriously in the future

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    Default Re: i wanna build a fly rod this winter

    thanks guys!
    great responses from all
    i think it's in my near future.


    casey


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