Fly Rod Building Class 2019 under development, dates and location will be updated as available.
Building your own rod is a good way to get the rod you want, customized as you want it. You can save on the cost and have fun doing it! It’s not hard - but it does require good eyesight and hand coordination.
This class is more than how to assemble a rod. You will learn about the uses for different types of rods. You will learn about rod action. You will learn why rods perform the way they do. We will show examples of the various types of components available. You can choose the blank, the guides, the wrapping thread, the reel seat and the grip for your project. The club will provide the tools and consumable supplies needed to complete your rod.
The first session will be an introduction to the class and will focus on the components each student will need to purchase and bring to the following sessions. Suggestions will be made on what components to get and where to buy them. You will be given a Rod Building Manual and a Rod Design Worksheet to help in documenting your choices. Your homework will be to buy your components before the second session. Due to space limitations, please plan on building 4-piece rods only. There is a gap between the first two sessions to give you time to purchase your rod building components.
The second session will be a working session where you will prepare your blank, install your grip and reel seat, and temporarily install your guides.
The third session will be devoted to wrapping you guides. You will go home with the materials needed to finish wrapping and epoxy coating the wraps.