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Old 04-30-2020, 06:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anyone into rod building?

This is my first build, it’s a Blue Halo 3wt blank. I have just finished wrapping the guides now I just need to coat them and epoxy the reel seat in place and I’ll be done.
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Old 05-03-2020, 03:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Good job!
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Old 05-03-2020, 07:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My Dad passed on the rod building knowledge to me back in the 70's. I've made a few since then but haven't made any for many years. I do have a Salmon Rod that I made that is a one piece rod 9' long.
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Old 05-03-2020, 08:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Used to in college and then made one not much after I got out.

Need to get back into it. Funny, as a starving college student, I used an electric can opener I bought from the DI to turn the first rod I made as the flex coat set until the motor burned out. Then I found a watch case display at the same DI and tore out the motor and used it to do the others. Still have it today.
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I built custom fishing rods for over 30 years.


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Wow wyogoob! That is some amazing work! I finished up my rod today. Definitely not perfect but I am pleased with it. I think I learned a lot too so my next rod should be better I wanted to keep it pretty simple so I didn't do any trim bands or anything. Maybe next time.

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I enjoy building fly rods. I build one or two a year at this point. I'm certainly no pro but they usually turn out pretty good. Turning grips and real seat inserts has become my favorite part and lets you turn out rods that don't look like anything off the shelf. I'm working on a 3 wt right now for my brother in law.
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Nice! I am thinking I may build one for my wife next and maybe some for my kids. I do a bit of machining so I think it would be fun to make my own hardware as well as turn my own grip and reel seat.
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Looks good!, I just received my first catalog in the mail from MudHole. Debating on jumping into the rod making world myself.
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Looks good!, I just received my first catalog in the mail from MudHole. Debating on jumping into the rod making world myself.
It's kind of addicting. I planned on building 3 2wt fly rods for a few of my fishing buddies. While I was building those, I was already thinking about what I wanted to build next. I've build about a dozen now. I'm not good enough to even try selling them and I don't really need another rod so I basically sink money into building one or two a year and then give them to people. It can get a little pricey but it's fun.
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