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JimW 01-11-2003 09:04 AM

What's turning?
Anyone working on a rod project this winter? I'd love to hear of any rods in the making.

juro 01-11-2003 09:15 AM

Jim -

I will start wrapping some guides... on the rod I started last winter :rolleyes:

This weekend's busy and next weekend's the show, but I hope to make some progress between then and the Seattle show.

On your reminder, I am going to get some stuff for my wrapping stand today while running errands.

Thanks to everyone for the recent replies on my tensioning question!

Jdesjardins 01-11-2003 06:24 PM

Ive got all the fixings for a 10 wt travel rod , and have a 3 wt blank to play with. Juro I've got you beat in the unfinished rod dept with a spinning rod thats needed 3 more guides & finish for 2 1/2 years now. :rolleyes: But then as a spinning rod it gets low priority.:devil:

Nooksack Mac 01-13-2003 05:11 AM

Building "sacrificial" fly rods
I'm in the middle of an interesting winter project: a pair of very inexpensive fly rods to be left in my travel trailer as disaster tackle, should my boat capsize or my Broncho get plundered while I sleep.
I could have just used some of my unused older rods, mostly fibreglass. But I wanted multi-piece rods to better fit in cabinets and crannies. A seller in Seattle has been dutch-auctioning IM-6 blanks for $9.99 on eBay (you can find them there now; try "fly rod blank.") I'm building a 8.5' 4-weight, and a 9' 7-weight, both 3-piece blanks. I also got several cheap reel seats and reels via eBay. The reels, all under my $10 limit, include an old Pflueger Sal-Trout, a Martin, and a Cortland Rimfly. A frequent bonus of these used reels is a free flyline; tha

t got me a 444 WF4F in fine condition.
It's hard to find cheap cork (are rodmakers depleting the world supply?), but bargains can be found in other components. For these two rods, a 49-cent cloth mill end will be hand sewn into two rod bags (takes about an hour per bag; a good TV-watching project).

Hawkeye 01-17-2003 02:52 PM

I making a 14wt for tuna to go with the boat I'm making. :eek: So far all I have done is find the spline, spine oh whatever you call it. It was really easy for the tip but not so easy for the lower section. I have all the parts but not sure I have all the tools I'll need. After that all I will need is time.

speybum 01-20-2003 04:51 AM

I to have several projects in the off and in the works.
Have several bamboo restorations go get going so that I can do little light lining.
Also there are a couple of Speyrods to finish if I get the chance.
Nothing makes me feel better than a newly built rod.
I like to dress them up with hand turned reelseats inserts of Amboyna or Claro Walnut Crouch Wood, with nickel Silver findings; Agate guides and feather Inlays.
Seeing the project come together gives me a never-ending sense of accomplishment.


tonyd 01-20-2003 09:09 PM

I've got 6 rods that I'm going to be starting within the next week.

1- 2pc 8ft 4wt IMX blanks with Forecast reelseat and Forecast TiCH plated single foot guides with TiCH ceramic strippers

2- 2pc 9ft6 6wt IMX blanks with PacBay woven graphite reelseats(similar to GLX style) and Forecast TiCH singlefoot ceramics and matching strippers

1- 2pc 8ft 4wt Scott G blank(components undecided but will use either Venerri or Bellinger ULSB seats)

1- 2pc 8ft6 4wt Scott G blank(similar components to other Scott)

1- 3pc 7ft6 3wt Diamondback Classic Trout blank(components undecided)

After these I plan on building 2 Dan Craft SIGV blanks(a 10ft 7wt and 10ft 8wt,both 3pc blanks).These blanks are AWSOME and are almost exact clones of the Loomis GLX,only lighter.Highly recommended!

I'll be busy through the spring and maybe the summer too,depending on when I can afford the rest of the components.

PS- Juro,I tried to send you a private message in regards to part of your rod building project(adding the extra cork ring to your seat & grip).

Domenic 01-21-2003 04:52 AM

I just met a guy at work that has a bunch of Montague blanks. I am going to buy a 7ft , and a 7'8'' blank from him. He had bought a few hundred blanks years ago.
These blanks are unferruled, so it will be interesting. They are pre- war Tonkin cane.

JimW 01-23-2003 04:12 PM

Looks like some serious wrapping going on. Everything from Bamboo to Tuna.

Hawkeye, I've got a make shift wrapping jig and a 36rpm rod turner when you get to work on it. What kind of blank did you go with on the 14wt? Preformed cork or turning your own?

BobK 01-23-2003 09:19 PM

Hey, Domenick - a question
I used to build bamboo rods, more yearsago than I care to think about. Just wondering ... does anyone still make decent ferrules? If so, what materials do they come in? The old favorite was German Silver. I used to get them at a local "company store" from a rod manufacturer.

Using those old Montague blanks should be fun. Bamboo does make up some very pretty rods, and they making casting aesthetically beautiful (but I personally HATE the action! Everything seems to happen in slow motion!)

Some one of these days, I probably will have to build me another bamboo rod, just for old times' sake. And, I'll probably do a lot of fancy wraps, just like on the old, traditional "high-class" rods. Maybe even take it fishing.


JimW 01-26-2003 04:17 PM

Bob, Domenic -
If you guys are up for it, snap a couple of pics while your working on the cane rods. I think it would make a great addition to the rodrack. You don't need to write a big long story (unless you want to) but a few pics with a caption or two of cane rod building would great to have online. Regular prints are fine, I can scan them and get them back to you.

How's that rod coming Juro? Better get to it I think the ice is starting to break up in the harbor.


Hawkeye 02-24-2003 03:40 PM


I just noticed your post - thanks for the offer but I just finished (well it needs another coat) the rod using a cardboard box and hand turning it. I wont be winning any awards for artwork but it looks just fine and I'm sure will handle the fish. When the second coat is done I'll snap a couple shots for the rod rack.

I was amazed at how easy it is to build a rod and it would have been a lot easier if I used only one color thread.

flyfisha1 02-24-2003 03:50 PM

I'm set to build an 8-wt. with an IMX blank, complimenting my 9-wt. rod of the same blank type. I love the feeling of fishing a rod that would cost $500+ in the store, but which cost me less than $175 total. This is my fifth "home-built" rod, and now when I go into the LFS and pick up some rod with a price tag that makes my head swim, I just smile to myself and think what I can build it for. Long live the rod builders!

tonyd 02-24-2003 04:36 PM

Flyfisha1,that's a real cannon you've built yourself there!I'm also a big fan of the IMX blanks.Real powerhouse tapers with a lively feel to them.

Between rodbuilding and EBay,I won't ever buy at full price again(not when you can have the same thing for 1/2 price).

I absolutely love the number and quality of different components available to a custom rodbuilder.

Saw some new Venneri seats that just blew me away.I plan on getting one or two for my next rods.

I just got a Bellinger ULSB Amboyna Burl seat the other day for a little 3wt Diamondback Classic I will be starting soon.This seat is so amazingly impressive that I end up staring in awe at it ever time I pick it up.Best of all,I didn't pay any more than I would for your standard Struble seat thanks to a great deal from Dan Craft.

Ya gotta love rodbuilding!

flyfisha1 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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