Fiberglass Build Play-by-Play

Discussion in 'Rod Building' started by Ethan G., Jun 10, 2009.

  1. Ethan G.

    Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    975
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Richland, WA
    I'm building a Steffen S-Glass 8'6" 5/6wt. for someone here on the site and I thought I'd do a step-by-step of the whole process.:thumb:

    OK, here's the starting materials:
    -Steffen Brothers Custom Fly Rod Blank
    -BUL5 reel seat with a custom turned cocobolo insert
    -Custom turned fighting butt and full wells grip
    -Hopkins and Holloway guides
    -Chestnut Persall's Silk wrapping thread for main wraps
    -Black Persall's Silk wrapping thread for accent wraps

    [​IMG]

    Next update coming soon: Handle assembly...
    -Ethan
     
  2. DCR

    DCR Member

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2008
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Tacoma, Wa.
    Have you ever built one of the Steffen Brothers blanks before? I was told they are one of the nicer glass blanks out.

    Looking forward to seeing the pick as you go. Should be a sweet rod when its done.
     
  3. Ethan G.

    Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    975
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Richland, WA
    I haven't built on one previous to this, but I had always wanted to. It's an excellent quality blank. Superb finish on it and the action feels really nice from the initial wiggle.

    OK, update number 2: the handle setup.

    [​IMG]

    Next up: unfinished guide wraps

    -Ethan
     
  4. DCR

    DCR Member

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2008
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Tacoma, Wa.
    I haven't fished with the glass rods much but I like building and test casting them. I'll have to give one of the Steffen blanks a try. I just started a lamiglas glass FL843 the other day. I start a post with some pics when I get it done.
     
  5. FLGator

    FLGator Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2005
    Messages:
    655
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    PNW
    Can not wait to hear how this rod fishes!

    Might just be time to sell some graphite...
     
  6. Ethan G.

    Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    975
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Richland, WA
    A quick preview of the wraps and the overall theme of the rod.

    [​IMG]

    -Ethan
     
  7. DCR

    DCR Member

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2008
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Tacoma, Wa.
    Looks great Ethan, I like the wraps you went with.
     
  8. William Wallace

    William Wallace Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    628
    Likes Received:
    222
    Location:
    Chesterton IN
    Ethan,
    I know the individual very well who you are making this rod for. He is almost like family to me :rofl: It is looking great! I can not wait to see it complete.

    William Wallace
     
  9. Ethan G.

    Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    975
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Richland, WA
    Update: Just about done with the wraps and I'll start the epoxying tomorrow.
    -Ethan
     
  10. Tom Bowden

    Tom Bowden Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 1969
    Messages:
    545
    Likes Received:
    177
    Location:
    Lacey, WA
    Great job. I'll be interested to see how the silk wraps look with epoxy.

    Tom
     
  11. Riffling Hitch

    Riffling Hitch Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2006
    Messages:
    147
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    Sacramento, Ca
    Good looking build so far. I have that steffen in a 3pc version and it is a great fishing rod. very smooth casting and light in the hand. I like a triangle taper 5wt on it. will be waiting to see the finished product.

    Russell
     
  12. Ethan G.

    Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    975
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Richland, WA
    The finished product: unfortunately the pictures suck. I couldn't get my camera to cooperate. Then again it's difficult to get close up shots with an auto-focus camera. Anyways, here's how it looks:

    [​IMG]
    Overview of the rod

    [​IMG]
    Old-timey folding hook keeper

    [​IMG]
    Stripping guide

    [​IMG]
    Ferrule wraps and snake wraps

    [​IMG]
    A bad shot of the tip top

    -Ethan
     
  13. DCR

    DCR Member

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2008
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Tacoma, Wa.
    It sure turned out nice Ethan.

    If you do another glass build I have some of the old slip ring hook keepers like on the old bamboo rods and your more then welcome to have a few of them.
     
  14. William Wallace

    William Wallace Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    628
    Likes Received:
    222
    Location:
    Chesterton IN
    Ethan,
    Great job. It looks beautiful!!! That individual will be very happy to fish it. If he doesn't I will pick it up from him. I would be proud to fish it.

    BRAVEHEART
     
  15. John Wallace

    John Wallace Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2008
    Messages:
    701
    Likes Received:
    111
    Location:
    Bellevue,Wa.
    Got the rod on Sunday. What a job Ethan did. For a fiberglass blank I was surprised on how light the rod is. I have been so busy I haven't got to cast it yet but I'm going to tried Friday.
    I like the rod so much I might have to get another one down the road.
    I can't say enought about Ethan, and the work on the rod.
    Thanks so much!!!!!!
    John

    P.S. I will let everone know how it casts and fishies when I get out.