Page 1 of 3 – A sneak peek… – posted in Rod Showcase: Please ignore the usual lint, dust, face to face edges, lack of decal, etc…I’m not anywhere close to being finished with this one headed to Mongolian Taimen invested Elite SD 904-3 9′ 3pc Baitcaster featuring Double Dyed Spalted Burl and Batson’s Titanium Guide Set. You can rely on flaming with a torch to heat treat your first rod or you can build a heat gun oven on the cheap as you will already have the heat gun. Hot-melt glue is also used for mounting tip-tops, but can allow the top to move or spin if the rod is kept or stored in areas of high temperature. So you can build several and figure out what you like before taking the big commitment of building a hex. All fishing rod finishes are self-leveling and require turning while being applied and drying for best results. It took me 3 months to gather tools and finish my first rod, which I still use on a regular basis.
If a drying motor is unavailable, you must rotate the rod often and long enough to prevent the finish from sagging. There has been several posts lately from folks wanting to try their hand at rodmaking but having problems obtaining all the necessary tools. With the very highest modulus rods, you give up the ability to really beat and bang the thing around, but you gain a much more efficient fishing tool.
I do however sharpen my blades as well as I can and I can usually get at least an entire rod out without any blade problems or tear-outs or glue lines or any of that. The most important tools are the final planing form (I use one from Colorado Bootstrap – about $350 3 years ago & has worked very well for about 20 rods), and a good quality plane and blade.
A drive belt made of kite line turns the rod and moves it forward as upholstery thread, fed from above, wraps tightly around the rod. Figured I needed to do all of the steps of the process/s to be prepared for the real first rod attempt. Each handle consists of a series of cork rings glued together and turned in a lathe Handles can be purchased complete or the rod builder may purchase cork rings and build the handle.
The high tech epoxy I use has a working time of approximately three hours, enabling me to get the rod section almost perfectly straight before the glue dries. I enjoy it the way I enjoy fly casting—nothing matters but what you’re doing, and what you’re doing is about as good as it gets. In this class, you’ll not only receive your Rod Building Tool Kit, but you’ll also receive all of the components needed to build your first rod!