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Step 1 – Finding the Spine

Step 1 – Finding the Spine

Step 1 – Finding the Spine This step confuses most beginners. Simply put, all blanks are tubular and hollow and due to the way they’re manufactured, they have a stiff side called a spine which should be located in order to properly position the guides and reel seat. All you really need to do is put the butt section (of each part) on the tip of your shoe and lightly – did I say “lightly?” – p... »

Step 2 – Installing Grips and Reel Seat

Step 2 – Installing Grips and Reel Seat

Our kits include a “preformed” grip, but it still must be reamed to fit snugly on the butt section of the blank above the reel seat. Pay attention to the taper of the blank when reaming, noting that the diameter decreases as you proceed “up” the blank. Some folks lightly sand the section to which the grip will be epoxied for better adhesion, but be careful not to damage the blank. Now you install ... »

Step 3 – Guide Spacing

Step 3 – Guide Spacing

Step 3 – Guide Spacing Below, you’ll find the proper spacing of the guides. Note that all guide spacings are measured beginning from the tip section and that you’ll need to assemble the blank prior to measuring for correct placement of guides. Also, different length rods have differing measurements and number of guides, so be certain to follow the chart applying to your particular blank. All... »

Step 4 – Guide Wrapping

Step 4 – Guide Wrapping

Step 4 – Guide Wrapping Smooth any rough edges found on the guide feet to prevent damage to the blank and to smooth the area over which the thread is wound. You may do so with a small file or other grinding tool. Most of the guides we sell will be “pre-ground,” but it is still good practice to check. It is common for fly rod builders to place the guides on the “outside” or convex side of the... »

Step 5 – Finishing

Step 5 – Finishing

Step 5 – Finishing Start by mixing EQUAL amounts of parts A & B of the finish. Use a small plastic cup and plastic stir to combine the separate parts. These should be stirred slowly, to avoid air bubbles, for approximately 2 minutes. Pour the mixture on a small section of tin foil in order to extend the amount of ‘working time’ with the finish before it begins to thicken. Apply the finis... »

BUILDING YOUR OWN CUSTOM ROD

BUILDING YOUR OWN CUSTOM ROD

BUILDING YOUR OWN CUSTOM ROD To put it succinctly, “it ain’t that hard!” It just isn’t. Our thought is this: If you’re already fly fishing, then building your own rod is easy. For your first project, you’ll need 6-8 hours of time total over 2-3 days. That’s it! Oh, and you’ll need to have a little patience too! Before you start, you need to make sure you have the following items that are not inclu... »