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).
Last edited by Nooksack Mac; 01-13-2003 at 08:06 PM.