This blog has been silent too long. A somewhat impulsive move fifty miles north to Santa Cruz put a damper on writing and rod building (although thankfully not on fishing, I'm not crazy after all).
Now that we are settled, I finally turned back to the fiberglass rod that I had begun to "restore" in July. When I last posted I have stripped the finish off the rod and recoated it with spar-varnish.
Laying out the guides on the longest flat surface available at my old appartment
The next step was to find the spine of the rod and lay out the guides and attach the tip top. The original rod had only 5 guides, but I decided to go up to a more modern configuration with 7 guides.
n lieu of purchasing a a fancy rod-wrapping stand for my first project, I whipped out my exacto-knife and cut a box down a box with two notches for the rod. I made supports for the spools out of pencils and used a book for a tensioning device. I am going to grade the overall result as a B+. The wrapper works, but at times it looses thread tension and it was hard to keep the wraps laying perfectly against each other.
My DIY Rod Wrapper in it's natural envronment
It was at this point that I put the rod down and started packing boxes for our move to Santa Cruz. In the intervening months I promised the rod to new fly-fisher and T&Ser Ariel, who caught her first trout on a fly this July on the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne river in Yosemite.
When I finally unpacked the rod, I used a white paint pen to inscribe it, and then proceeded to epoxy the wraps and inscription. While this might have gone smother with a better set up, and with a turning motor, I think it was a pretty good result over all.
Writing on a rod blank is a skill I may have to acquire over time
All in all, I really enjoyed this project. Having "fixed up" this rod has piqued my interest in rod building, and I certainly know a lot more about rods than I did when I started.
To finish this project off I just have to make a rod sock and test cast it. I'll let you know how it goes
-Posted by Eben