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This could get expensive trying to learn to build your own rod. I was over $100 and hadnt gotten all the componants when I gave up lol.


( I guess if your serious about doing it yourself, you better start with the CHEAPEST of everything first till you get the hang of it )
 

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I built my own rod once when I was about 14 yrs old. It came out ok considering how old and inexperienced I was. I remember my father and I got the kit for like 25 bucks or something through mail order. I had a blast building it but it didnt last all that long. I use to ride to the local reservoir with my fishing rod strapped to the top tube of my bicycle frame. I ran into a tree while flying down a hill in the woods and that was the end of my rod lol

One day, when i can afford to perhaps throw away a hundred or so bucks, Id like to try it again. lol
 

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I knew a guy, built his own rods(fly fishers are wierd), said he spent about $600 on the rod he was using. I think I'll stick with G.Loomis and Falcon. Does Falcon make fly rods?
 

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I have thought about ordering some of the complete kits from Cabela's to give it a try. Mainly, I just want to something to do during my down time. Has anyone tried them ??? They seem to be reasonable and to me, a possible good way to test the rod building waters. Any input from you bassholes would be appreciated.
 

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I build my most of my rods. It is very addicting to say the least. The biggest thing I like about it is you can really dial the rod in to your specific preferences.
 

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One note on the kits. They are usually a rod that leaves much to be desired. In all actuality if you buy seperate components you can save some bucks. I been doing customs for years as well as repairs etc etc and have built up quite a bit of components. I never did buy the wrapping machine of the coating machine simply cause I do it the cheap way and get GREAT results. I have a loyal following here in Crossett. The local tackle shop gives me all of his business.

Ifn ya look around you can get a blank fer 50 or so.guides depending on what type usually come to15 or so, wrapping thread is a couple dollars and the handle can be from 8-20 depending again on the choice. As far as the epoxy I dont use what is available to the general public, for several reasons. I DONT like there formula's aand the type I use looks as good as ANY factory job, is tougher and keeps its shine a helluve laot better. Anyone needing any tips just holler.
 

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Mr. Fastlaser, I'm in need of repairing some wraps on my rods, what is the best epoxy to use? Can I use head cement or nail polish?
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I've don some alterations on my rodds, and have enjoyed modifying things to my liking. I have yet to build my own from scratch. iwas toldby a trusty friend and rod-builder that the headaches and costs arent worth it. Remember that the good ro makers have unbeatable warranties, which is part of the costs. When I retire and have more time, then I'm sure I'll try it.
 

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Like Ed, I've never built a rod from scratch, but I've rebuilt many (and repaired a few), and I will say that it's so much better catching fish on something you've created with your own two hands. I would actually rather fish with some old Shakespeare WondeRod I've rebuilt than with some brand new, space-age IM10 rod that costs as much as a new Chevy Impala. Using something that you've had a hand in creating (even if it's just a rebuild) just adds a whole new dynamic to an activity that's already a lot of fun. I've seriously considered building a rod. As Wcct points out, it is the only way you can get a rod to exactly fit your preferences. And I have this antique Shakespeare Deluxe WondeReel I just can't seem to find the exact right rod for.........
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I tried Building a fishing rod for myself this winter, got addicted to it so I started my own custom Rod building company. Sure you can get alot of money tied up in this but to my suprise the quality of the rod you end up with is unbelievable. And when you hook that first fish on it WOW! I will say unless you are in to a hobby that can drive you nuts with all the little stuff you have to keep in mind . So that the rod comes out, looking good enough to show your friends or even loan it to them can be very aggravating!
 
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