Costs for building vs buying
I'm thinking about taking a shot at building my next rod instead of buying one. How much do you really save? Is my first rod likely to be a mess like the first flies I tied?
Unless your planning to build a very high end rod, the cost of rod building will save you some but probably not that much money. The true value in rod building lies in the fact that you can build it exactly to your specifications.
More of this is covered in the "Why Build?" thread in the archives.
Overall, building a rod really isn't that difficult, but it does take the time and patience to avoid hatsy mistakes. Even when problems occur, unless it is in a gluing or finishing portion, they are generally easy to correct.
Rod building is fun, and is a very enjoyable way to spend the offseason.
Scott I build most of my rods and put on better components that most of the rod manufactures. This is where they save money. So I usually save about $200 off the list price of a $650 rod.
Before you get the blank practice on a dowel to get your wraps down. Not that hard. The most difficult process is the finish. You must control the epoxy and make sure you work in a dust free environment.
A tip on the epoxy ,thin it by warming it up before you apply .
I started building my own rods about four years ago. Not to be long winded but I met an older gentleman up in Pulaski while fishing for Steelhead we were fishing the same run got to talking and hit it off. In the end he sent me his home made spline finder and I have been building ever since.
It really isn't that hard although my first rod it's the prettiest thing to look at I've gotten to the point that I think my wraps look as good as the manufactured products. I belive you can save quite a bit of money if you take your time looking for a supplier and you don't need the absolute "newest" thing on the market. And there is nothing like catching a beutiful fish on a rod you built. I think it really adds to the pleasure of fishing. As of now I have a quality 2, 4,5,6,7 and a 9 and find occasions to use them all. I know I could never afford that many if I wasn't buliding.
If I could only machine my own reels:biggrin: mmmm
By the way the tip on epoxy is right on, I heat mine by just placing it under a lamp for a while and use a "lite" formula multi thin applications work best. If you private message me w' your email address I'll send you some sources.
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