|03-03-2007 08:44 PM|
As for aligning the ferrules, even if the rod has alignment dots, I put it most of the way together and then sight down the guides like a rifle. I then tighten it the rest of the way once it's aligned.
|03-03-2007 05:51 PM|
|Tin Pusher||Which ever way you go assemble your rod, including a fly, before going out in a boat. Sections of rods sink quickly if there is no line running throught the guides. This is huge if you are fishing out of a float tube or pontoon boat.|
|03-01-2007 10:54 AM|
Juro--Many thanks for those tips!
|02-28-2007 08:45 PM|
My rods are hardly ever without a reel on them. I may swap them, wash under the feet etc - but for the most part the reel is always on the rod so the reel goes first on the rod before assembly.
Putting the ferrules together - I push the ferrules on a little offline and twist them in line. Definitely easier to sight from fat to skinny. Here's a tip - put the smaller top sections together first, then put the assembly onto the bottom section so you don't have to reach.
A little pure paraffin wax once in a while makes them seat together better. If the ferrules are stuck on a hot day, put the rod in the cold water for a while and they will come apart easily.
Fold the line over to make it easier to thread the guides. Put the reel on a scratch-free surface like a log as you work up the rod. If you are fishing with a buddy it's customary to offer to lend a hand.
May beginner's luck be on your side.
|02-28-2007 01:27 PM|
Newbie question re setting up
Two set-up questions: when you get to the fishing site with your 2-or-3-piece rod, do you assemble the rod first and then mount the reel, or the other way around, i.e., mount the reel first and then assemble the rod? Second, when you're assembling a 2-or-3-piece rod, what is the best way to make sure the guides are aligned? Do you sight down the rod like a gun barrel, or do you hold the rod vertically in front of you and look at the guides from top to bottom? Many thanks, Evans