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Homemade Fly Rod

I finally ordered the parts needed to make a fly rod. I used a Batson RX6 blank, 6'6" #2 with a green, glossy finish. The guides are titanium with a 7" cork handle, rosewood reel seat with gold hardware. I like how the rod has turned out so far, the green thread accents to the green finish to the blank, and the gold accent thread works good with contrasting the gold hardware.




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Re: Homemade Fly Rod

Wow, that is a gorgeous piece right there! Congrats on your hard work paying off. Bet you can't wait to get er in the water!
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Wow, that is a gorgeous piece right there! Congrats on your hard work paying off. Bet you can't wait to get er in the water!
Unfortunately its not finished, I still need to finish wrapping accents on 4 guides and apply this finish coats. Probably another 4 hrs left plus waiting time for the finish coat to harden.
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Re: Homemade Fly Rod

looks awesome
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Re: Homemade Fly Rod

Thanks for the comments guys
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Re: Homemade Fly Rod

Have you built rods before?? My first rod works AMAZING, but it looks like a first grader made it lol. It is great to catch fish on something that you made yourself though. Enjoy it!

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Yes, this is my 7th or 8th rod that I built, this is my 1st fly rod though.
You are right though, the feeling of catching a fish on a homemade rod is cool. But, the feeling of catching a fish on a homemade rod and homemade spinner/fly is cooler.
I have a video over on my Youtube channel about how I wrap my thread on my rods, feel free to check it out. Maybe get some pointers.
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Re: Homemade Fly Rod

I had that pleasure the first day I took my new homemade fly rod out Caught several really nice wild browns on a few hand-tied san juan worms, egg patterns, and hare's ear nymphs. I want to build another fly rod, and when I have the cash around I will buy a nice blank and refine my technique. I think the issue was the rod finish that came with the kit I purchased. I used it on a rod repair as well and the finish just doesn't come out very nice. I may try to get some different finish.

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Very nice, congrats!
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Re: Homemade Fly Rod

Psycho,
With good results, I use poly spar varnish to give the wraps a nice smooth finish. Advantage is: IF you ever have to replace the guide, it will come off easy as opposed to epoxy, which is practically forever stuck on the rod....... The varnish may take longer to dry, but who's in a rush at this final stage??

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