Okay, honestly, how hard is it to build up a rod?

#16
Josh,

I've been curious about building my own stick and also browsed through this site before.

I'm not sure how far North you live, but Gregs custom fishing rods in Lake Stevens has beginner kits and classes for those wanting to build thier own.
 

Josh

dead in the water
#18
Well a class is out of the question. Any shop giving classes is going to be over an hour away (and more likely two). So it's pretty much "choose your own adventure" for me. But I do have some buddies up here I can lean on for help if I get confused or stuck. So that will be good.
 

PT

Physhicist
#21
Easy. My first (and only to this date) was a Sage 590LL. No fancy wraps but it came out looking really nice. I could lend you the book "How to build a graphite fly rod" or something like that. Lemme know if you want to use the book.
 
#22
There are a lot of resources on the net. Starting with a kit is a good idea. But, to be honest once you start it is addicting.

My advice is to re-wrap a rod you don't use a whole lot. Strip the guides off. Re-wrap, and finish it. It will give you some good practice. When you are done you can fish it, if you screw it up no big deal. After you are done with the first one it will get alot easier.
 

Old406Kid

Active Member
#23
Just checked and H&H has a Batson 6 wt. switch kit for about 166$
Not sure what you want to spend but you might look at Bob Meiser's blanks.
I built an 11067sh that I really like. I think the blank was about 155$ a couple
of years ago. I bought the blank (comes with sock) and guides 30$? from him and
bought a Batson grip w/seat @40$, tube around 20$, and knurled winding check
about 5$ from H&H. All said I've got great rod for around 250$. If you are thinking
that route call Bob and discuss your needs. Great guy to talk to and probably would
save you from doing it twice. I also went with a 424 gr. SGS Scandit line from him which
works well and could also save you from doing the "line thing" 2 or 3 times which seems all
too common in this world of spey. As far as building pretty much as others say and time
and patience. On guide wrapping remember nothing is permanent until you apply finish, I
always end up doing one or two a couple of times until I'm satisfied. On finish make sure you
follow directions to the tee, mix well, room temp, dust/lint inthe air, etc. One other tip
I often cut surgical tubing into mini rubber bands to temporarily hold my guides while wrapping.
You also would probably want a cork reamer, I'll also use various sizes of rattail files on a
cordless drill at times. Other tools can go from simple to expensive. I have a Renzetti rod lathe
for turning cork,wrapping etc. and an old bbq rotisserie motor and homemade stands for
turning finish.As they say YOU CAN DO IT!!!
 

Old406Kid

Active Member
#24
There are a lot of resources on the net. Starting with a kit is a good idea. But, to be honest once you start it is addicting.

My advice is to re-wrap a rod you don't use a whole lot. Strip the guides off. Re-wrap, and finish it. It will give you some good practice. When you are done you can fish it, if you screw it up no big deal. After you are done with the first one it will get alot easier.
I agree on this one. I have some broken/scrap blanks that I'll experiment on. You can practice wrapping, writing if desired, and get an idea how the finish reacts, working time etc.
 

sean_k

Active Member
#26
Josh, I have two of the flex coat videos. I really don't need either and would willing to give you one if your ever in the Tacoma Area.
 

WABOWMAN

Active Member
#27
I would check out utmostenterprises.com. They are out of sequim and are a batson ,PAC Bay dealers. They can help you with all the stuff you would need. They have a lot of close out blanks and components. They have some blanks that you could build and have around $50 in a complete useable rod.
If you need more info or help feel free to give me a call. I have built more than 30 rods.
Mike
360-316-9710
 

jersey

livin' the dream
#28
You can do it via the web, plenty of vid's to help out. My first build was a spinning "kit" it was cheap and I knew it was a learning curve. The cosmetic "deficiencies" make the rod unique.

Built Dad a 5wt on a Gatti blank for Christmas last year. Holy crap what a stick!

Please get yourself a motor to turn it, it will make it easier for sure.
 
#29
Kits take a lot of the hassle out of the process and are a great way to start. There are a couple of shops in WA that offer great kits. The last one I did was a 5wt z-axis kit from a shop in WA and the components were top notch. There are some very good resources on the internet to help you out if you are stumped about something or need to get out of trouble. I really enjoy it.

I read your thread about the kits could you tell me what shop you are referring to thanks!