New spey rod

#1
I saw Brett's post about his spey grip back in September here and I got inspired. Then I finally caught a winter steelhead with my Forecast 11 1/2' 6/7 wt with a sinking leader and decided I wanted a bigger spey rod to throw sink tips. I found a Sage VPS 14' 9 wt blank on sale and decided to build it.

I turned my own grips, using an improvised lathe (my drill) like others have used. It was definitely fun to do, but I have to admit, I fractured the first grip I turned while reamming it out and just couldn't get it to look good after gluing it back together so I turned a second grip.

I used Threadmaster for the first time. I liked it after I stopped messing with it too much. Many of the builders on the rodbuilding phorum talk about heating up the two parts before measuring them out, but I found my work time was very short when I did that. If I started at room temperature, the Threadmaster was a breeze to work with.

Hope you enjoy the pictures. The steelhead is the one I landed with my other spey rod. Hope to duplicate the result this weekend with the new rod.

Wayne
 

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#5
Thanks. I turned the grip on a 1/2" threaded rod stuck in my drill, and then reamed it to fit. Fractured the first grip during reaming, so had to make a second grip. The only problem with doing it this way was the butt. I glued it on last, waiting for the reel to make sure that it balanced the rod. After I glued it on, I had to shape the the bottom piece by hand, and being it is rubberized cork, it was more work than just cork. After making that grip, I don't think I'll buy another - it was fun.

I thought about turning the grip on my rod, but was afraid to spin my rod that fast in my drill. I don't own a lathe.

Wayne
 
#8
Wayne Kohan said:
I did not. I like the look of it not being inletted on a spey rod.

Wayne
I can often feel the same way about some single handers and I often buy flush mount seats, although they dont seem to be very popular by how few that are available.

looks good by the way
 
#9
Very nicely done Wayne. It is fun to make your own, and fairly easy if you do a couple of things right. I like your jig setup to hold the threaded rod.

Brett