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Re: Rod building

2006/9/10 21:53
From Greensburg, PA
Posts: 25
Below are my most favorite useful links on rod building. The first one especially. I have a whole bunch of this analy printed up and in a folder bu I just loaned it to ryan who is also taking the leap. I'll try to post the the best rod wrapper there ever was, below. If it doesn't work, there is also a pic of it in section 10 after you open the first link.

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Posted on: 2007/1/3 21:24

Re: Rod building

2006/9/12 0:23
Posts: 1
as pad said FAOL has a good rodbuilding section with instructions. the forum is great to ask questions. as for blanks try H&H tackle, ebay and others.

also if you really want to get into it check out the birch bark reel seat thread on FAOL rod building forum

just a few things to get you started. also check local shops. many have old blanks or second in the back that they'll let go cheap. these would allow you to get started and practice a bit before doing one for yourself or your dad or friends.

as for a drying motor, rig an old record player to be your motor.

Posted on: 2007/1/3 21:28

Re: Rod building

2007/1/2 11:55
From Bozeman
Posts: 53
thanks alot everyone. I'm going to do a few more days' research then take the plunge. I'll give updates, and I'm sure I might have questions.

Looks like I have some links to read if its a slow work day tomorrow :-X

padraic. 6 wt point taken. probably a good idea.

Posted on: 2007/1/3 21:35

Re: Rod building

2006/9/12 12:07
From Berryville Virginia
Posts: 0
The only thing I can add is buy a rod with the length and action that you are going to fish or at least take for a walk a few time a year, no use spending good money over bad. If you want to practice wrapping guides, wrap them on the blank then cut them off and start over again. I don’t use epoxy but use wooden dowels to practices; you can always find some cheap snake guides to wrap on the dowel. If you don’t have a rod turner you can sit back and turn the blank a quarter turn every 5 to 10 minutes until dry. The cork grip will require a little patience (I don’t use or like cork checks) reaming to the proper size and taper unless you turn your own on the blank. But you can always slide a cork check on and cover up a little mistake.

Joe E

Posted on: 2007/1/4 7:36

Re: Rod building

2006/9/10 21:53
From Greensburg, PA
Posts: 25
Pay particular attention to the directions on finding the SPLINE of the blank and deciding whether your looking for casting distance or fighting power. As far as tools, the only thing that is a must is a burnishing tool. its pretty much just a piece of rounded platic you will use to even and flatten your wraps. It will help you smooth out any slight inperfections in your wrapping. Other than that the best tools I found to use were in an old disecting kit I had. Scalpel, probe, forcepts, small ruler...If you know anyone with braces, those little rubber bands are perfect for lining up your guides on the blank before wrapping.
good luck.

Posted on: 2007/1/4 11:27

Re: Rod building

2006/9/28 14:40
From Philadelphia
Posts: 2
I buy almost all my rod building materials from Mudhole and haven't been disappointed. I am especially fond of St. Croix blanks. I found that building a rod saved some money, but as noted above, that really shouldn't be the reason ( though it's not a bad secondary one). For one thing it gets me a bit more "into" the sport, and it's really satisfying to fish with a rod I built ( which I thought I'd never be able to do) and flies I tied. By the way, a good reason not to buy a kit is that you really will learn an awful lot by having to think your way through the process. If you like research, I recommend Art Scheck's book on rodbuilding.

Posted on: 2007/1/9 7:16

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