Jun 29 2005, 10:13 PM
well for my next roject i am going to take a 8'6" 4pc 6wt blank and turn it into a 3pc spinning rod for smallmouths the only reason i am doing this is for packability because i am going on a five day canoe trip thr my college this summer and need a packable rod and a spinning rod will be less expensive for me to build then a 6wt fly rod
it is onl costing me the price of the blank because i have cork guides and a reel seat already
Jul 7 2005, 08:44 AM
You can make any rod into a multi-piece rod by making your own ferrules. It's not hard to do but you'd need to follow some strict guidelines. They're in the magazine article. I've made 8 multi-piece rods with that info now and everyone works great and the pieces fit well and stay together. They're even better than some of my factory made multi-piece rods!!!
I say this because most fly blanks have a slower action than comparable spinning blanks and you might find the fly rod as a spinning rod too slow for your tastes. Just something to think about.
A 6wt fly rod blank will equate to a spin blank rated to cast about 1/4 to 3/8 ounce lures. Just in case you needed that info. You may already know how to do the conversion.
Nov 17 2005, 09:23 AM
I am also working on the same type of project, a 9ft 4pc 6wt built as a spinning rod. I am using all 4 sections and will throw 10lb. Fireline (4 lb. diameter) and upto 1/4 ounces on this rod. I built it as a travel rod for my trips to California to fish for surfperch, corbina, and croakers. I will also use it as a light fluke and schoolie striper rod in the summertime Jersey surf. I will post some pics when it is finished.
Nov 17 2005, 09:27 AM
I meant to say that I will throw 1/4 to 3/8 ounces.
BTW, I have not really spin fished much the last 5 or so years, but am going to build a few spinners this winter. I am starting to see the light as far as being an all around fisherman and not just strictly fly. I've missed a lot of fishing opportunities because I was too stubborn to pick up a spinning rod.
Nov 17 2005, 11:38 AM
If you want to go cheap and packable and fly check out this.http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/template...0364&hasJS=true
Feb 25 2006, 04:14 AM
There is a formula for fly rod blank conversion to a casting or spinning rod. For example, a 6wt. fly blank = 6/16 = 3/8 = 3/8 ounce as the maximum casting weight as a spinning or casting rod. As far as the slower action of a fly blank as opposed to a casting or spinning blank, this slower action is more protective of light & ultralight lines than a faster action. I'm currently building a 6'6" 2wt. Matrix blank into an ultralight spinning rod for a friend for Bluegill & Shellcracker. This will cast up to 1/8 ounce according to the formula. Ralph
Feb 25 2006, 12:18 PM
Then if I reed this formula right a 4 wt would cast a 1/4 ounce.
Feb 25 2006, 01:29 PM
Pretty much. You take the numerator (fly rod rating) and the denominator (16) together and 4/16 = 1/4 ounce. This would be the maximum casting weight. The line test rating coresponds to the rating on a casting or spinning rod with a comparible maximum lure weight, too. Rovercat, just call me Ralph. So far this formula works like the person who came up with it knew their business. I build a few Crappie rods from fly rod blanks every year. Ralph
Jun 22 2006, 09:20 AM
Any updates on these projects? I'd like to hear comments from the guys that were converting fly rod blanks into spinning rods, since I'm about to do this as well. Going to use a 7-piece 6-wt. Dancraft blank.
Like Loudog, I have spent too much time these past few years adhering to a "fly fishing only" mentality considering I have traveled to plenty of places where a spinning rod would have afforded me opportunities at fish that a fly rod didn't. I spent the first 25 years of my life with spinning rod in hand and am getting back towards that method of fishing. A spinning pack rod is just what the doctor ordered.
Jan 26 2010, 11:59 PM
Any of the previous posters in this thread still around? I'm planning to build a 4/5 wt travel fly rod and considering a 6 wt blank for use as a companion spinning rod. Can anyone post a follow-up and tell me how their attempts worked out?
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