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03-21-2003 04:20 PM
Hank Overturf
Thanks Chris and Neil

Thanks Chris and Neil. I'll request that catalog from Cabelas. I stopped at their South Dakota store this summer and was shocked and awed by the amount of sporting goods under one roof. I agree with you Neil. If I can put an eye ball on it I feel a lot better. Unfortunately there aren't any stores that carry rod building supplies around here.

I'll see if I can get a picture of my new project on here in the future.

03-20-2003 03:21 PM
Nooksack Mac

If your hasty wrap-coating resulted in some lumps or bulges, here's one quick fix (been there, done this): File the lumps down, as close to the thread as you can safely go. The filed area will look like scar tissue, of course. But a second coat of coating will magiclly restore the clarity.
Of course, ofttimes there's no substitute for cutting/scraping it all away and redoing the wraps and coating.
03-20-2003 08:25 AM
nbrandon I just completed my new 9'6" 8wt last night. I hurried and did a sloppy job on the guide wraps and coating. I really wanted to use it this afternoon, so I had to hurry up!!!

I've ordered from several different stores online, and alot of times, they send you the wrong part, or don't send some parts at all. I would be cautious. Also, if there's a store in your area that carries supplies, buy them from there. That way you can ogle the stuff up-close.

03-19-2003 07:33 PM
flyfisha1 Hi Hank - Welcome to the forum...
The first rod I built was, coincidentally, also an FT kit from Cabelas, though mine was a 4-pc. 6-wt. If you ordered it from their website or their "standard" fly fishing catalog, you might think about requesting their "Tackle Craft" catalog, over 75% of which is comprised of rod-building supplies such as blanks, thread, components, building tools, etc. Metallic thread gave me some problems early on, also; I couldn't use it on my first rod, but was able to on my second simply due to the learning curve. Gudebrod is probably about as good as it gets when it comes to thread, though some others on the forum with more experience may set me straight on that point.
I've only built four rods to date, though numbers five, six, and seven are upcoming in the next month or so. I've bought most of my supplies from Cabela's simply because there are no local stores that carry rod-building items in stock, and I've come to greatly appreciate Cabela's selection and customer service. There are many reputable retailers and mail-order companies that offer rod-building components; do a search on the web and you're bound to find a dozen or more companies dealing with these supplies.
03-19-2003 07:07 PM
Hank Overturf

Hi all,
I've finished my first rod and learned a lot in the process. The rod I just finished was a 4 piece, 4 wt., 9' graphite pack rod. It was a kit from Cabelas FT Graphite blank. All went well and smoothly but I found a couple of things I would like to change. First of all I would like to usa a Sage blank next on a 5-6 wt rod. Secondly, what is a good gold colored thread to use. I was not satisfied with the thread that Cabelas sent. It seemed to come apart and look ratty so I changed to a different color combination. Finally, where do you recommend buying components?

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I want to get started on a 8' ft 5-6 wt graphite fly rod for my wife.

03-04-2003 11:21 AM
juro Hawkeye - tales of big fish ahead I can tell!

Tonyd, Flyfisha1 - don't forget to send the sponsorship emails if Jim hasn't already reminded you.

03-04-2003 04:23 AM
Hawkeye Jim,

It's a 14/15 wt Pacific Bay and no I can't wait for Mr. Tuna to show up in our waters again! I ask Michael on almost a daily basis - "Are they in yet?" - I figure we've got at least 4 more months to wait. Perhaps I'll break it in with a shark.
03-01-2003 09:14 PM
tonyd Jim,I'll send you an email with a picture of it as well as a few others.If you want to see some seats that will blow your socks off then check out the seats by Robert Venneri( are amazing quality and unique wood grains.The Espoys is probably the nicest seat I have ever seen.Bellinger also has some gorgeous seats(
03-01-2003 04:44 PM
flyfisha1 Jim - Yup, I really love the speed of the IMX series; shouldn't have any trouble launching flies with the 8-wt.!

I was down at the LFFS today picking up a few tying materials, and spoke with one of the staff about the 12-wt. I want to build. He told me to check out and have a look at the Rainshadow IM6 blanks they stock, which are supposedly quite good and at the same time are relatively inexpensive (they have the 12-wt. in a 2-pc. blank only, but it's only $61). Admittedly, I've never used anything heavier than a 10-wt., and he was telling me the benefits of using a moderate-fast action rod with such a heavy line (i.e. easier to load without lots of false casting, helps you fight the fish from the butt rather than the tip, etc.). I'm still going to go with the 3-piece SCIV blank, but I was wondering if anyone else has heard of or used these Rainshadow blanks? By the way, this guy was also showing me a Tibor Pacifica to go with the rod. I may have to indulge in that one; it's a helluva reel!
03-01-2003 04:08 PM
JimW Wow! Lots of great projects in the works.

Gregg, I've heard that the cardboard box/book method is as good as any. Bet you can't wait to hook Mr. Tuna. What did you go with for a blank? Did you use snakes or regular eyes for the 14wt?

Flyfisha1, I built a 7wt on that blank last year, it's fast alright. I agree with Neil, you should be able to chuck just about anything with the 12wt.

TonyD, That seat sounds sweet. Have you got a picture of it?

Hank, I've only built a couple rods, I learned a trick or two but there are many others much more experienced than I that will help out. Questions are good we can all learn something by getting some dialog going. Post away, and best of luck on the project.
03-01-2003 02:21 PM
Hank Overturf Howdy,
I'm starting my first rod, a 3 piece 9', 4 wt. After watching videos and reading books I feel I'm ready to give it a shot. Hope you don't mind if I ask you questions at times.

02-26-2003 03:50 PM
flyfisha1 Yes, I just saw the SCIV blank; I, too, have a couple of rods built on those blaks, and wasn't aware until a few moments ago that they had a 12-wt., in both 2- and 3-pc. models. I'll probably go with the 3-pc. for the sake of travel. Thanks!
02-26-2003 03:43 PM
nbrandon I've been building a 2 piece St Croix SCIV 9'6" 8wt this winter. It's really fast and powerful. I know they make a 12wt in the same blank model.

As a sidenote, I also have a 4 piece SCIV 8'6" 4wt and it's much slower. I can't tell if they made it slower intentionally, but my guess is that the added feurilles slow it down. Moral is: If you want the fast blanks, stay with the 2-piece.

02-26-2003 02:59 PM
12-wt. rod

I've been kicking around the idea of building a 12-wt. rod later this Spring for tarpon, and was hoping to do it with an IMX blank. The problem is that Loomis doesn't make the IMX in anything heavier than a 10-wt.; rather, I'd have to go to a GL3, which is slower and only comes in a 2-pc. blank. Does anyone have any suggestions for a fast-action 12-wt. blank of reputation? For that matter, has anyone fished with a 12-wt. GL3? Can you tell me what it's like? That blank retails for $139, not too shabby, but I prefer fast action rods, faster than the GL3s I've picked up in the stores.
02-25-2003 06:54 PM
Spey fishing for tarpon...

... would be interesting! I wonder if Loomis makes an IMX blank that's 12-wt., 15'? That would be quite a rod project.
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