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    Re: Start to finish - a home rod builders tutorial

    Lynch,
    I am not a Graphite guy but do enjoy seeing people building their own rods.
    There just nothing like it and more people should be doing it.
    You did an outstanding job on this from the wraps to the reel seat to the finish.
    I would doubt you could find a better rod in any shop.
    The added bonus is you get to pick exactly what you want in the rod.
    Nice job and I would love to give that baby a whirl, even if it's not bamboo

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    Re: Start to finish - a home rod builders tutorial

    Thanks for the feedback guys. If you like tying flies, and if you have the room for it, you would like building rods. Anyone who wants to build one, I invite you to ask questions.


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    Re: Start to finish - a home rod builders tutorial

    Nice job! It does look like a pro job.

    This is for the first timers. I wrap my rods on my lap holding the thread in a fly tying bobbin. You don't need a fancy rod wrapper, although it helps. A simple one is cutting two vee notchs in a shoe box to hold the rod and running the thread through a closed book for the thread tension. All sorts of do-it-yourself techniques with things you already have for holding the rod to wrap it.

    The reamers really, really help and that is one tool I would consider buying (or borrowing). The old school way was to use a coarse rat tail file - but who has a suitable (long enough and proper coarseness) rat tail any more? You are far better off getting the reamers and they are probably cheaper than getting a set of good rat tail files.


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    Re: Start to finish - a home rod builders tutorial

    lynch,, that is absolulty gorgeous! ive been wanting to build my own rod for years but am convinced on screwing it up..i think you did an amazing job on that rod and i also see how the process works with your informative pictures and descriptions of the process..thnk u


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    Re: Start to finish - a home rod builders tutorial

    Quote Originally Posted by pitbull View Post
    lynch,, that is absolulty gorgeous! ive been wanting to build my own rod for years but am convinced on screwing it up..i think you did an amazing job on that rod and i also see how the process works with your informative pictures and descriptions of the process..thnk u
    Give it a shot pitbull.

    Check this out on Cabelas. http://www.cabelas.com/product/Bargain-Cave/Fly-Fishing/Tackle-Craft-Fly-Tying%7C/pc/105591780/c/105763680/sc/105748380/Pacific-Bay-Angler-Rod-Building-Kits/1320762.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fbarg ain-cave-fly-fishing-tackle-craft-fly-tying%2F_%2FN-1102798%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_105748380%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%253Bcat105591 780%253Bcat105763680&WTz_l=SBC%3Bcat105591780%3Bcat105763680%3Bcat10574 8380

    Holy crap that is a crazy deal. For $30, you literally have everything you need except some sort of bench, rod dryer and a reamer and once you have the bench and reamer, you have it. JeffK gives some good ideas. If you are at all handy with wood, you can make yourself one for under $10, the 100% needed thread tensioner will be the most expensive piece, and they are only $6. Thread Tensioner, Thread, Wrappers-Dryers, & Spine Finders, Tackle Craft, Fishing : Cabela's . This guy also makes them himslef and sells them for a very reasonable price compared to the retail offerings. Fishing and fly Rod Wrappers, Rod Wrapping tips While a dated web design, he has some very handy building guides on the bottom of his page.

    Man, I'm a link farming fool today!


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    Re: Start to finish - a home rod builders tutorial

    Nice thread and nice rod it looks great, what was the entire cost of the rod?

    Hell no and it aint over now.......

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    Re: Start to finish - a home rod builders tutorial

    Quote Originally Posted by Trouser Trout View Post
    Nice thread and nice rod it looks great, what was the entire cost of the rod?
    I'm an ebay hound and jump watch out for deals on blanks/kits, and they don't come often. This may be my best one yet. Normally it would have cost around $365 to build it, which is still a great price considering a new one is $699.

    I picked up the complete kit for $204.02. eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices

    I wasn't looking to replace my factory 99, but at that price, I couldn't pass it up. I like fishing with rods that I build if at all possible and how it came out is much nicer than the non-personal and drab looking factory rod.


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