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: first rod

04-20-2004, 06:54 PM
I am sure you have probably gotten this several times, but I want to build my first rod. I only have a couple sevens and eights and I'm looking to do a number on the local panfish population. I found a cheap cabelas kit for $54 its a 4/5 weight maderate action with 98% graphite. I really don't want to spend more than $80, but I will go up to $100 if I really feel that it is definitely worth it. I need to order it though, because the Omaha area doesn't have squat for flyfishing. Comments and/or suggestions please!!!!

04-20-2004, 10:38 PM
Don't forget to get a tip top for the rod because they are not included in the "kit". Glue to attach to grip and reel seat are not included, not is ferrule cement to attach the ti top. Guide wrapping thread may not be included and I'm pretty sure that rod finish is not included in the "kit".

In other words, make sure you have all the components needed to build the rod: blank, cork or grip, guides, stipper guides, tip top, thread, rod finish, reel seat, winding check, thermoplastic ferrule cement to attach the tip top, and glue to bond the grip and reel seat to the rod. If you don't have all these items, you will not be able to build the rod.

04-21-2004, 12:20 AM
I don't want to violate the policy here, but without going into a lot of detail, I would deal with Hook and Hackle company 10 times over for an entry level rod kit before I'd call Cabelas. You'll deal with a real knowledgeable rod builder and fly fisher when you call them - the real deal who can tell you specifics about individual blanks that they sell - not a 9-5 telemarketer for the Cabelas Corporation who doesn't even know what a blank is, let alone a ferrule.

John Desjardins
04-21-2004, 08:11 AM
Heres a slightly different suggestion. If my memory of eastern Nebraska is right Kearney is ~ 1 1/2 to 2 hrs west of you. why not give the store there a call to see if they have the finished rod so you can cast it and see if you like it.

I have to respond to your signature. While you may not have trout in Omaha you have the best steaks I've had anywhere. And I remember seeing a lot of areas where the rod your describing would be fun.

04-21-2004, 07:18 PM
I've thought about calling Kearney's cabela's, but the more I think about it the more I realize that Kearney's cabela's has almost nothing compared to the other cities'. Luckily Kansas City opened one, almost as big as the one in Sydney and almost as close as the Kearney one. About cabelas' kits...... It says here in the tackle craft book that standard kits include: INSTRUCTIONS, blank, double foot chrome guides, chrome tip top, walnut real seat, "premium" cork grip, three spools of thread, "deluxe" hook keeper, rod finish, epoxy, and bushes ( I am assuming that it was a typo in the book :hehe: ). As for the hook and hackle company, I am sort of looking at their forecast series 7'6'' five weight, but I really don't want to spend that much more money considering I still need a good line for the rod. And I kind of like instructions!!!!!! However if the rods at hook and hackle are that much better, I will have many choices to make. I am very pleased with the savings I can get by building my own rod, and I love personalising equiptment and making my own ( let's put it this way I started tying flies over a year before I had flyfishing equiptment and my bodkin is home made and looks like a bad tasting popsicle) in any case I think I'll have fun building and I'll make many more rods. :devil:

04-23-2004, 05:49 AM
Cabela's has a 5-piece blank called the Stowaway; gloss spruce green, 96% graphite and relatively inexpensive. I've fished with these rods and for the money I honestly don't think they can be beat. I may build one or two rods on these blanks this Winter.

04-23-2004, 07:52 PM
E-bay has saved me. I have ordered a rod kit for forty dollars that looks right up my alley. The seller said that these were top quality major brand kits that were sold by a major brand (confusing isn't it?) Well, I'll cut to the chase he included the picture of the blank and the kit...and... the kit has the exact same components as a Cabelas kit.... and .... the blank appears to be a st croix!!!!!! SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Watch out bluegill. :devil:

05-09-2004, 03:07 AM
i would consider getting a 2 or 3 wt. as it is a lot more fun on small fish. a 5 wt. is what we use on inland steelhead{snake or grand ronde}.