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Walleye Skin Wrap

08 January 2018 - 01:54 PM

I am curious if anyone has found a way to us authentic walleye skin as a wrap.  I've done many rods with snakeskin but with those you have tanned hides.  Any help out there?  Is it even possible with all the scales, spoilage, etc?  Thanks.

Rod Turning Tip

18 November 2017 - 01:49 PM

Thought I'd pass along a little tip that I use when using my American Tackle wrapper.  When working towards the tip end I find it sometimes difficult to rotate the rod by hand as needed.  I do this often for positioning or unwrapping to clear an overwrap.  The drive wheel of the wrapper is out of my reach and the foot pedal has no reverse of course. To achieve some grip I attach one of those soft, rubber pencil grips found in any Wal-Mart.  I place it around the middle of the rod or wherever it fits my reach.  I slit it down the length so that I can slip it over the rod.  I usually also snip out a small strip to make the center hole smaller for most of my rods.  For me, it makes rotating the rod either direction a lot easier.  Hope this 10 cent solution is of some help to you.

Marking a Black Underwrap

15 April 2017 - 10:08 AM

I've struggled in the past when doing a multiple diamond design with getting markings on a black underwrap that are easier to read.  I have found a new method that works great for me so I am passing it along.  Once I have determined the spacing required, I lay out a piece of yellow or white "donor" thread (10-12") on the workbench and tape it securely at both ends.  Using a black magic marker or paint pen I make a point at each of the desired measurements using a ruler.  Then it is just a matter of moving the marked thread to the rod blank, again securing both ends of the thread to your double stick tape which would have been applied once the background was done.  I then start the design with threadwork up and back over the marked "donor" thread, crossing at the now visible markings.  Once secured, I cut the donor thread carefully in the middle and pull it out from both ends.

This method seems to me to be essential on a black under-wrap but might make sense for any other color as well.  Hope this is of some help to fellow rod builders.

Shipping Method for Spinning Rod

13 April 2017 - 12:30 PM

This may have been mentioned in the past but, after several attempts at shipping a rod, I have discovered a method which really works for me.  My local carpet store supplies me sturdy cardboard rolls, about 2 1/2" in diameter.   After cutting to length, I cut 2" sections from those round styro-foam "noodles" used for fun in the water.  I tape two together on each side of the middle guide and put another section over the handle.  I slide it into the tube and then insert another section over the tip.  I usually pack the tip a bit more with some scraps of foam.  I use duct tape over both ends and off to UPS I go.  I've used PVC pipe as well but the carpet rolls are lighter.  Just thought I'd pass this along.  Does someone out there have an alternate way to ship?  Thanks.