There are loads of reasons to build your own fly rods. You can save a significant amount of money when you build a fly rod instead of purchasing a high end model at full retail price. But I think the best reason to make your own fly rods is that you get to choose virtually everything about it. You choose the blank, how long and what kind of flex characteristics. You choose the reel seat, how it looks and what kind of material. You choose the guides and where to place them. And you get to choose the wraps and how they look. You can customize nearly everything about YOUR fly rod.
I know one member who wants to build a decent 11 foot 5 weight for use on his pontoon boat. I know two others that want to make a "Shad Cannon" that can launch a sinking shooting head farther than they can with their current gear. Another member wants to build a nice short rod he can use on his favorite stream despite the fact it is surrounded by bushes and trees.
All of these can be accomplished if they attend the Flycasters' Rod Building Seminar in January 2011.
The seminar will take place over 4 nights - January 18-20-25-27 - Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each session will begin at 7:00pm in the Conference Room M250 at Winchester Plaza, 1101 South Winchester Blvd., San Jose.
Bob Davis and Walt McIntyre and other members will be teaching how to identify the spline (or spine) of the rod blank. How to attach the reel seat and grip. How to wrap the guides and hookkeeper, and how to finish your very own custom "made by you" fly rod. You can, in fact, also use rod making skills for repairing damaged rods or replacing grips.
Learn what tools and materials you need and where to buy them. And with a little practice and instruction you can add to your arsenal of fly rods without having to shell out enormous retail prices.
Sign-ups for the Rod Building Seminar will take place at the Flycasters meeting on January 12.
Cost for all 4 nights is $20 for members. Space is limited so sign-up early.