Hello all, i could use some advise on maybe a beginners kit that comes with all of the tools and materials needed to wrap a rod. I'm not too concerned about the quality of the fly rod as it will be my first. Any help would be appreciated and thanks in advance.
I started with a knitting needle as a burnisher, a cardboard box notched with V's as my rod stand, a heavy book for a thread tensioner, a coffee cup for a thread holder, and double bladed razors as my cutting tool of choice. If I were *just* starting, I wouldn't do it any other way again. It made me realize what I *needed* for tools, and what was just marketing hype.
If you started with exactly what I describe, you can put more money into the blank and components and end up with something a bit higher quality than if you blow all your dough on the rod building equipment.
A itemized list of what you need in a kit though:
Thread tensioning device
Brushes for applying finish
Alcohol lamp to cleaning up "fuzzys", melting hot melt glue, etc...
Size A nylon thread
Good files for cleaning up and prepping guides (I'd suggest diamond files)
Multiple grits of sandpaper (60 - 200 - 400 - 600 grit)
Masking tape (to hold things in place)
Any kit that provides just that will cover all of the basics of what you need.
My start in rod building was at a class taken at Greg's Custom Rods. It was a great way to start, build my first rod and I saw what I needed to do it at home. I would suggest a class to get you started. If I recall, it only cost about $30 plus the cost of the rod building components.
I would suggest using small artists spatulas instead of brushes, but thats just me. Good quality brushes are just fine.
The first luxury I would get is a finishing/drying motor - a motor in somewhere in the 11-16 rpm range would do double duty. (I have acquired a 100 rpm finishing motor and a 4 rpm drying motor over time).
I'm completely self taught - Art Scheck's book and the video by Flexcoat.