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#1 hunt_britto

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 10:34 PM

I am considering starting to make a couple rods of my own but I don't know what supplies I need and am looking for a straight forward checklist for me to go through when looking for supplies. Considering making a 5-6 fly rod, medium or mh bass rod, or a medium light panfish rod. Just need to know what I need and about how much its gonna cost

#2 Greg LaPolla

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 10:37 PM

Your question is way to broad.  Try reading here first http://www.rodbuildi...hp?showforum=48 then ask some more specific questions.  

#3 Greg LaPolla

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 10:44 PM

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#4 John T.

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 05:14 AM

If/when you order a kit, check to see what is included in the kit!

Rod kit- blank, grip, reel seat, guides, top guide, winding check, thread

When you get your kit or components, make sure everything is there!

Two part epoxy for the reel seat and grip (5 minute set-up is too fast!)

Epoxy for coating wrapping thread (regular epoxy is not flexible enough)

Thread for wrapping guides- if you are going to use anything other than what is in the kit

Gel pen to write on the blank- optional (write over a thin coat of wrapping epoxy)

Single edge razor blades or X-Acto knife and blades

Brushes to apply wrapping epoxy (Walmart or Dollar Tree will work)

Plastic disposable cups to mix epoxies (little cups for cough syrup will work)

Lighter- to burn off any “fuzzies” on the wraps

Small sharp scissors

Round file or small rasp to ream the grip

Aluminum foil squares (6 X 6) to pour out wrapping epoxy

Drinking straw- to blow on epoxy to remove bubbles

Tape measure and ruler

Masking tape- to hold guides in place and to build spacers (if you don’t have spacers)

Denatured alcohol to clean excess epoxy on grip and reel seat

Fine grit sandpaper to rough blank where grip and reel seat will go; gives better bond to the blank

Websites for rodbuilding: www.rodbuildingforum.com, www.flyfisherman.com/rodbuilding 

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#5 jimbofish

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 10:14 AM

Check lists.







Kits and cost.





Google is your friend.



Keep in mind that everyone does things a bit differently.  Once you understand the purpose of an item, you may find that you already have something that you can substitute or don't need.  For example, I mix my epoxy glue in the bottom of a pop/beer can and use one-part finishes for wraps, so I don't use mixing cups, even though I have a stash of them from someone's hospital stay. 

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