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Re: anyone build their own rod
« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2019, 12:06:47 PM »
that is awesome, the guy in spoakne that my dad took classes from died i think. he had a little shop on trent and fancher, i think thats who it was.  any particular website or company you buy blanks from and thread, eyelets, epoxy?

I buy everything I use from Batsonenterprises, you can google them by searching them, or Rainshadow rods. The warehouse is located in Sequim, Wa. They have everything to get you started.

Mudhole.com has awesome videos for rod building. You can also buy components there, but I never have.
They're pretty cool guys.  They test out the rods all over the world too, putting them through some tough workouts.

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Re: anyone build their own rod
« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2019, 12:45:16 PM »
I have built maybe 40, It is very fun. Every pole I have, is  built  by  me. I took a class by  Greg's custom rods In Lake Stevens WA  and I was Hooked. Check out his web site,  gregscustonrods.com  The fun poles are turning fly rods into Kokanee, or salmon and walleye rods, You can really feel the fish with a light pole :twocents:

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Re: anyone build their own rod
« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2019, 01:38:09 PM »
The reloading analogy is spot on.   Makes financial sense if you want something not commercially available, but not for a generic 9 foot 5 weight.  For whatever reason I'm rough on rods and exercise warranties regularly. If you bust one after 20+ man hours and just get a blank in return, it stings a little. For that reason I just buy them now, but it was fun for a few years.

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Re: anyone build their own rod
« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2019, 01:45:58 PM »
 :yeah:   Thats most certainly where I am at as well.    It was fun though.

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Re: anyone build their own rod
« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2019, 02:12:01 PM »
I used to build a fair amount of rods for myself. Itís a fun hobby and especially worthwhile if you want something that you canít get commercially. My decline in building my own is probably linked with the decline in the local fishing mostly, but also, the cost of components has gone way up relative to the cost of finished rods these days. Used to be that I could buy a lamiglas or st croix blank for less than half the cost of a factory rod.

The loss of anglerís workshop really hurt too, used to stop in there after fishing the kalama or Lewis and play with blanks. I donít like buying blanks without getting a feel for them first, and shipping is usually a killer.
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Re: anyone build their own rod
« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2019, 04:42:56 PM »
so being a newb at this, actually brand new and never built anything yet.  you guys keep saying "i built things i couldnt buy commercially", what cant your buy commercially? i grew up fly fishing, i like to troll, fish local lakes, trout and bass. i have always just grabbed my uglystick pole with last years line on it and went fishing. I know there is a lot more to a pole than just "grab and go", but thats all i know and have done for years, and i catch fish so i stick with what works. anyone able to type up the down and dirty on poles, i fish eastern washington lakes and troll roosevelt sometimes.  i have been researching some, and some people turn fly rod blanks into spin casters and cut blanks to a size they want.  can you really "customize" a rod,  i guess i assumed the customization was basically what color thread you wrap with and if you use a cork handle or the foam handle. im all ears and want to learn

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Re: anyone build their own rod
« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2019, 05:22:32 PM »
so being a newb at this, actually brand new and never built anything yet.  you guys keep saying "i built things i couldnt buy commercially", what cant your buy commercially? i grew up fly fishing, i like to troll, fish local lakes, trout and bass. i have always just grabbed my uglystick pole with last years line on it and went fishing. I know there is a lot more to a pole than just "grab and go", but thats all i know and have done for years, and i catch fish so i stick with what works. anyone able to type up the down and dirty on poles, i fish eastern washington lakes and troll roosevelt sometimes.  i have been researching some, and some people turn fly rod blanks into spin casters and cut blanks to a size they want.  can you really "customize" a rod,  i guess i assumed the customization was basically what color thread you wrap with and if you use a cork handle or the foam handle. im all ears and want to learn

Everything I build is spiral wrapped. When you build you pick every component. For instance, the handles I have been doing lately are eva foam with heat shrink over it, all aluminum reel seat with 2x jam nuts and trimmed with blue winding checks.

Also with the guides you can choose guide spacing, choose if you underwrap, select 2 feet or 1 foot guides, and what inserts the guides have, and do any fancy thread work or add logos.
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Re: anyone build their own rod
« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2019, 10:56:34 PM »
Like others, I've built many spinning rods from fly rod blanks. The flyrods blanks bend more throughout the blank than a typical tip-flex spinning rod. It acts like a better shock absorber for fighting large fish on light line.

I also try to make my rods as light as possible, so I use things like titanium guides. Weight makes a big difference when you fish all day.

You don't need much in the way of equipment to build your own rod. Just take your time and don't rush it.

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Re: anyone build their own rod
« Reply #23 on: January 01, 2020, 03:46:23 AM »
for me, i like some configurations that have fallen by the wayside commercially.  i own several baitcasting rods that don't have trigger reel seats on them.  try finding anything like that at your sporting goods store.  lamiglas used to make several "summer run" baitcasters years ago, light 9'6" rods.  they only offer them as spinning rods now, but the casting version used the same blank.
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Re: anyone build their own rod
« Reply #24 on: January 01, 2020, 11:07:48 AM »
If you build your own you can make it look any way you want.  I've built a bunch and also had them built for me.  I liked "centerpin" trolling for salmon so much that when I was moving to Moses Lake I had a scaled down one built on a fly rod blank.  Instead of trolling plugs for salmon in saltwater I now can troll littler "plugs" for trout over here.    Nothing to building your own rod and it gives you something to do for a few days in your man cave.

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Re: anyone build their own rod
« Reply #25 on: January 11, 2020, 10:58:57 PM »
I Havenít built one in quite a few years, but I was taught by a local bamboo fly rod builder On how to build split cane rods. Been thinking recently about getting back into it.
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