I can build one for photos of the steps if we need to. I was planning to build a 12 wt. and another spey rod anyway. Something in the 16 or 17 foot long zone for the long belly lines. I turn my own grips in case anyone wants to do that also. Not the cheapest way to go though.I am not sure if Auntie Em and Diver Dan are going to make a rod or just help.
Not a bad idea. It's not going to be any harder than any other fly rod. Longer just means more guides, and once you do one....All, I have never built a rod, but am possibly interested in giving it a whirl. Been thinking about buying a 10 ft 7/8 weight for pyramid lake fishing, not sure it would be any cheaper to build one, but then it wouild be a little more personal maybe. Or would this be a bad idea for a first rod build?
I know this is gonna sound kinda dumb, but, I have a SA mastery series spey multi tip in a WF 6 F/S. My intent on this rod build is to build a rod for this line. the line itself was originally $150, but I got it for $30 brand new on clearance from Cabelas. I also already have a reel either a Okuma Magnitude or a Pflueger (Shakespeare Omni), so, this gives me $120 "free money" to build the rod. Now the question is do I build a 6 wt - ideally a 10 foot rod, or do I build a 7/8 as I have heard these lines are actually "heavier" then the marked 6 wt. And, can you get a 10 foot 6 weight blank? or do I need to build a spey rod?
Best info I can find says the head weight is 420 grains at 55 feet (49 foot head) or 27.2 grams, and depending on which head you use it ranges from 5 to 11 grams per 15 foot tip. that is like a 13 weight line if it is correct I think? Though we usually measure fly lines at 30 feet not 50.
thanks for any advice.
That's a first. First time I've heard someone want a certain rod because they already have the line. Nothing wrong with that I guess....
Check this out. It might be what you're looking for in a spey rod kit.
Rainshadow Spey Rod building blank kit! 12 1/2 ft 6 wt - eBay (item 220537049515 end time Feb-06-10 07:29:37 PST)
If you were to put on a regular line for a 6w spey, you'd have to go up to a 10 or 11 maybe 12 weight line. Look at the diameter of your spey line. You could probably use that line on a 12 single handed rod. I know a 6w spey is not the same as a 6w single handed rod.
If you have a 6/7 weight glass rod (I'm going to assume it's a Fenwick Ferrulite) this line would definitely not work. I have a Hardy Fibalite 8w that would struggle to chuck that line.Well to be honest, I bought the line because it was such a deal and I was gonna put it on my 6/7 fiberglass rod for fishing pyramid lake, but after researching it seems, like you have said, that this line my be too heavy for a 7 wt fiberglass rod. When this build a rod came up, I thought maybe I need to build a 10 foot 9 wt (didnt realize we were talking 10 or 12) rod to fish pyramid. Now I wonder if I should build something heavier and longer based on this research (and the info you have provided). So, once again, I am lost in the intricacies of this sport.....