is an interesting hobby and a natural extension of fly fishing and
tying. As with other parts of the sport you can become
as your interest takes you.
I made my first rod to meet the needs of small brushy creeks. I put a reel seat and handle on the mid-section of a 3p 8 1/2 ft. fiberglass rod I'd bought at K-mart. I replaced one of the snake guides with a stripper guide and was ready to fish. The rod worked! It was a real thrill to catch a fish on a rod that I'd put together. Once I saw how easy it was to actually put the parts together, I bough parts from a catalog and tried assembling my first complete rod.
here and out there
Index what I have to say about:
- Stuff you need stuff not in many books
-Tools you can make
-Forms Wood, steel, or both?
- Planes New and use 9½. How to tune, judge, sharpen and fix them.
- Re-builling Bamboo rods, a step beyond refinishing.
-Bamboo Rod tapers Why a taper. Ways to judge a taper
On the Net
Bamboo Rod making FAQs
Tons of information on bamboo rod building
Rod Builders Home
Twin Pines Rod Company
There are many more fine rod builders and suppliers
I wish I could list them all.
It's the place to start. It may be the place that you want to stay. There are real masters of the art of rod building who do nothing but build custom graphite rods. One such person is Dave Lewis. When I decided that I'd like one custom fly rod (a rod built for me, just the way I wanted it) I chose Dave. He's also very good at helping answer rod building questions.
If you're building rods for yourself graphite is great. You get to do the major tasks such as find the spline, (A topic that is hotly debated among rod builders.) set the reel seat and handle and wrap the guides and ferrule. You can learn to make decorative wraps and weaves. Catching a Fish on the first rod you've built is a real blast!
On bamboo rods, re-wrapping usually requires removing old varnish and applying a new coat. Graphite rods require the wraps be re-coated with protective material, such as Flexi Coat.
Building bamboo rods
If you don't want to build your own rod, but would like a link with the past, you can always buy used rods from such places as E-bay, or from a reputable re-seller of rods. Unfortunately Dick Spurr is no longer in business