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Re: rod building from DIY cheap to buying the best of the best and putting it all together

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I wish i had seen this thread a few days ago. Anglers Workshop had a closeout sale on Lamiglass blanks. I picked up a few fly rod blanks and a classic glass downrigger blank (that will be my first build that is not a fly rod). I love the DIY aspect of rod building. Catching a fish on a rod you built and a fly you tied is a fantastic feeling. I've even seen kits to build your own fly reels. I turn my own reel seats and cork grips on my wood lathe and This DVD has definitely helped me out with that.

Heres some helpful links:
Custom Rod Builders Guild
Rodbuilding.org (Especially The Library)
Rod Maker Magazine

Posted on: 2012/10/19 8:40


Re: rod building from DIY cheap to buying the best of the best and putting it all together

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Well, just recieved my first rod to build up in the mail this morning!

$50 on flea-bay $14 shipping, 12' spey pole, the listing said 7.5wt(single hand weight) and barely medium action, i was kinda scared for how light thte pole was rated, but for the price and my first real build, why not, and if anything else it would be an awesome steele drifter. Got it un packed, spined it, and put the tip on. and got out the pennies...

And low and behold...

the rod actually was a 9.5wt medium action!!!!!!!!!!

Now I'm ultra anxious to get it built, i have everything except the wrapping thread, a nice orange silk for final touches, a small collection of feathers for alignment markers and accent feathers as well!

looks like i'll be off to find some wrapping thread! and i'll be a busy boy tonight!!!

Posted on: 2012/10/24 15:16


Re: rod building from DIY cheap to buying the best of the best and putting it all together

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DJBerg - on one hand, thanks for posting this. Rod building was on the horizon for me a few years ago, but I think took a back burner when kids came into the picture. However, Batson has a blank that I've been searching for in a finished rod for a number of years, but could never really come up with anything I liked or that was somewhat cost effective (four piece spin outfit, to complement my six/seven piece fly outfits). Order was placed this week, so it looks like I just developed another time/money sink.

So on the other hand, this may not be good, as it likely will encourage me to work on filling in the niches that I don't currently have..

Posted on: 2012/10/26 20:33


Re: rod building from DIY cheap to buying the best of the best and putting it all together

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So on the other hand, this may not be good, as it likely will encourage me to work on filling in the niches that I don't currently have..


yeah it's hard not to once you some what can justify a new rod because well it's way cheaper, what you wanted, and in the end you can say, "hey I built that"

Posted on: 2012/10/28 11:05


Re: rod building from DIY cheap to buying the best of the best and putting it all together

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If you want to try and make your first rod w/o risk of blowing a lot of money, here's a link to Fishermans outlet. They have several seats in the $3 - $8 range, and cork handles for $8. click on ther "closeouts".

http://www.utmostenterprises.com/utmost_001.htm

If you want to make a fiberglass rod, there are quite a few people who use a Batson Forecast e-glass ultralight spinning rod blank to do so, especially the 6'6" ..... use the " SPG780" Batson blank - only @ $16.00.

Fishermans outlet DOES have them, but I can't get their link to work on their site, but if you call to order, they have them. Here's Batson's link to the blanks for their description;

http://batsonenterprises.com/trout-panfish-kokanee

These are 1-piece blanks, but if you want to make it a 2-piece, just order 2 blanks and use a section from the 2nd to make a spigot ferrule. You can also use the same 2nd blank to extend the blank under the reel seat and easily make a 6'9" rod.

These rods are called "Tadpoles" by us who make them. If you do a search for Tadpoles on the Fiberglass Flyrodders website, you can learn the details on how.

http://fiberglassflyrodders.com/forum ... ad8e723b3a78e18f079c3ca30

You can basically make an inexpensive neat 6'6" or 6'9" 2-piece rod for about $60 plus adhesives & finish. Lots of fun and learning - especially making even the ferrule and extending the blank- for not a lot of money.





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Re: rod building from DIY cheap to buying the best of the best and putting it all together

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I always went with the idea that you should buy the best stuff you can afford, because these things last a lifetime.

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Re: rod building from DIY cheap to buying the best of the best and putting it all together

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I always went with the idea that you should buy the best stuff you can afford, because these things last a lifetime.

Sounds good to me. If you've never made a rod before, just go and buy the very best components you can afford in order to learn on. Because no matter how your first attempt turns out, you'll be reminded about it for your lifetime.

Posted on: 2012/10/28 15:51


Re: rod building from DIY cheap to buying the best of the best and putting it all together

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well, finished my first complete rod this weekend. and i can say i'm definitely happy with it, as far as building it is concerned. now i have to wait patently until i can get some line for it.... i'll post pics later(prob shoot the rod tonight after fly tying group) along with the renovated version of this thread with embedded videos and what not.

Posted on: 2012/11/5 8:31



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