Hi. I love to fly fish and am considering building a couple of fly rods. I like the idea of creating something nice and customizing it, but I'm not sure it's worth it. How steep is the learning curve? Does the first rod typically come out decent? Insofar as cost - is it much more expensive than simply buying a fly rod with a similar blank?
I see talk of drying devices and big lists of other tools... are there kits to be had to eliminate a lot of the grunt work? I'm not looking to spend 3x what it would take me to buy a similar quality rod so that I can do it myself... is it possible to do this reasonably and enjoy it?
I'm looking to build a mid range 7-1/2' 3wt and a 8-1/2" 4wt to start, since I spend the most time fishing those rods. I typically buy lower/mid range rods in the $50-90 price range and would want to upgrade at least a little bit with a build it myself if I were to do it.
Any input to help make the decision would be appreciated.