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Advise for someone who would like to wrap his own rods

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I've never got into wrapping my own rods and was wondering how to get started. Should I take a class and how much time and money will it take? Any input would be appreciated.

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I started by reading Advanced Custom Rodbuilding by Dale Clemens. By far teh most info of all teh books out there. IF you want to just get started and build a rod from start to finish, TEH book by Tom Kirkman is the one to get, and is more up to date than teh one by Clemens.

 

TEhre are also several videos & DVD's out there, several message boards where you can ask questions & Etc, including this one right here.

 

Another option is to just learn by pimping the boards for info - let us know what you want to build, we'll tell you teh right blank & components, and you can use the SEARCH feature to cross reference the info. There are also start to finish articles somewhere on the Articles section of SOL, plus quite a few posts which ask the EXACT same thing as you are asking right now.

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If there is a course near you, it would be a good idea to sign up for it. I took one this past spring and found it very helpful. I was only 1 of 2 that were taking the course for the first time, the rest had taken it 4 or 5 times.

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I started by a little pamplet from flexcoat, and it was pretty crappy but since you are already on a computor there are a lot of tutorials for rodbuilding online. Really its just putting thread on a stick, just becareful with the epoxy for the guides, read and search the phorems, and ask questions, rodbuilding.org is the best site i have found read the library and mudholes. literally you can do it pretty well with just a cardboard box with notches as your rod stand and a heavy book as your thread tensioner, and that's about it buy rod bond for your handles and reel seats. just my 2 cents

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I helped my son when he built his own rods. Then I struck out on my own. A beautiful 'ladies' rod.....aqua, white and red windings. I also wrapped an ultra-lite. Very satisfying.

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