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 Post subject: well I took the plunge
PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:16 pm 
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well I finally decided to build a rod. I just got a cheapie bamboo kit so if I BEEP it up I'm not out a fortune. 7 and a half foot 3 wt. I have been impressed with the quality of the blank. It's coming along pretty good. No errors so far that the fish will notice... Here's the progress since Monday.

Gathered the components:

ImageBamboo by rjeeves, on Flickr

Beveled for the ferrules

ImageBuilding my first bamboo by rjeeves, on Flickr

Epoxied and secured down the ferrules

ImageBuilding my first bamboo by rjeeves, on Flickr

Measured off, built up and epoxied the grip

ImageBuilding my first bamboo by rjeeves, on Flickr

Adding the reel seat

ImageBuilding my first bamboo by rjeeves, on Flickr

Measured off and placed the guides

ImageBuilding my first bamboo by rjeeves, on Flickr

started the wraps... ended up cutting off 4 of them and doing them over

ImageBuilding my first bamboo by rjeeves, on Flickr

Wrapped one of the tips:

ImageBuilding my first bamboo by rjeeves, on Flickr

Color sealant and a single coat of varnish to the wraps

ImageBuilding my first bamboo by rjeeves, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: well I took the plunge
PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:10 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: well I took the plunge
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:29 am 
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Nice looking pole,
When you get to Shady, you ought to fish Fagall or Chalk creek and christen it on a Brookie :D

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 Post subject: Re: well I took the plunge
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:12 pm 
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Stone-Man wrote:
Nice looking pole,
When you get to Shady, you ought to fish Fagall or Chalk creek and christen it on a Brookie :D

JT



Thanks JT ... thats a great idea. I am not sure if I will be able to hold back from the blue gil though. Ice is out and they'll be on the move soon! Love those little BGs and Sunnys

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 Post subject: Re: well I took the plunge
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Not a bad start. Re-wrapping 4 guides is about par for the course. Interesting choice of thread color, but I doubt that the fish will care. Take a bit of care with the varnish, and you'll have a rod to be proud of.

Welcome to the rodbuilding addiction.... :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: well I took the plunge
PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:09 am 
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Nice. Looking forward to seeing it at Shady Valley.

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 Post subject: Re: well I took the plunge
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FT wrote:
Nice. Looking forward to seeing it at Shady Valley.


Thanks FT ... for sure

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Not a bad start. Re-wrapping 4 guides is about par for the course. Interesting choice of thread color, but I doubt that the fish will care. Take a bit of care with the varnish, and you'll have a rod to be proud of.

Welcome to the rodbuilding addiction.... :lol:


Yeah Paul the thread came with the kit. I don't hate it and actually it's growing on me.

I'm going to set up a quick and dirty PVC pipe "dip tank" I saw plans for online. I'm doing one of the tips with the guides already wrapped and treated and the other with no guides and then putting the guides on after. I want to see what way I like better for the next build.

PS I already have a nice olive thread for the next rod :)

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 Post subject: Re: well I took the plunge
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Hmm, wouldn't hurt to check with Gary Jones (Bamboo10) or Tim Wilhelm, but I always give the wraps 2 coats of varnish before I varnish the whole section. I may be off base, but I have always felt that the wraps benefit from a couple extra layers of varnish.

Dip tube is a great way of doing it, if you have the space for one.


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 Post subject: Re: well I took the plunge
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phg wrote:
Hmm, wouldn't hurt to check with Gary Jones (Bamboo10) or Tim Wilhelm, but I always give the wraps 2 coats of varnish before I varnish the whole section. I may be off base, but I have always felt that the wraps benefit from a couple extra layers of varnish.

Dip tube is a great way of doing it, if you have the space for one.


No you're right on with doing the wraps first. Everything I read said to cut it by 50% and varnish the wraps a couples times. I treated the thread with color protectant and then gave it a few coats of varnish. I decided against the dip for this rod since the first coat turned out so nice with a lint free cotton cloth.

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 Post subject: Re: well I took the plunge
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nice work


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