I recently began building rods again, although this time I’m just doing it for myself rather than making any sort of foray into a side business. Over the holidays I finished a Lamiglas 7′ 3wt fiberglass rod. I’ve had the blank for quite some time, but it had been gathering dust rather than serving [...]
I’ve finally gotten back into rod-building after roughly six months of doing very little. Things just got so busy around home that I had no time to devote to the craft, and I got rusty. I take pride in the job I do with my epoxy finish. The last few rods I did in the previous year had a very smooth finish with nice even overruns. I guess I expected to pick right up where I left off, but my hand wasn’t as steady after the layoff. Still, the rod turned out fairly nice. It’s a 9′ 8wt 2-piece fly rod on a Batson Rainshadow blank. I built it as a bass bugging rod for my brother. I used Japanese silk thread in medium brown with chestnut tipping. I mustn’t fail to mention the snake guides I used on this rod. They’re from Snake Brand, and they are excellent! There is no need to prep the feet on these guides. It’s already done for you. Check out photos of the rod below.
Hook keeper and winding check. I moved the hook keeper well up the rod, both because my brother will be using big flies and so he can use a 10' leader and wrap the leader around his reel to keep his fly line out the end of the rod while still using the keeper.
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My no-name bamboo bass rod ready for work to begin.
Remember last week when I said something about it not being spring yet? Well, maybe I was wrong. It sure feels like spring, and nothing on the 10-day forecast is below 40 with daytime highs between 50 and 80! That’s too bad because [...]
Moss agate stripping guide on a Rainshadow blank.
Things have been slow here on the TVangler site lately. We’ve failed to post anything on a few recent fishing trips, but it’s not for lack of trying. We’re gearing up for our Yellowstone pilgrimage, and I had two rods to finish up before heading [...]
Red-banded agate stripping guide on Lamiglas Spring Creek blank. The reflections on the epoxy make it look wavy. It’s not. Nice smooth finish for a change.
Finished work on my Lamiglas Spring Creek 7′ 6″ 4wt a couple weeks ago. I tried it out for the first time over the weekend in the [...]