How to Make Your Own Fishing Rods Author:Mel Marshall Here is a book that will add a new dimension to your fishing pleasure-by showing you how to make your own custom-crafted rods. Now you can enjoy the thrill of landing a fighting fish on a rod you've built yourself, to your own specifications, that has just the right weight and action. — You can get started in rod building with just a few tools. ... more » components-or kits-are available from numerous suppliers, all listed in the appendix. Rod building doesn't require special skill; it's just a matter of choosing the right blank, then setting the ferrules, forming and fitting the grip, installing guides and tiptop, applying functional and ornamental windings and a protective varnish. All these techniques are explained in explicit detail and illustrated with step-by-step photos of the author's hands actually doing the work.
Once the basic techniques are mastered, they can be applied to building any kind of rod. Nevertheless, each rod family has special features and specific needs. The author devotes a chapter to each and explains the particular problems of guide spacing, ferrules, and grips.
Every type of fishing rod for fresh and salt water is covered in this book: cane poles, baitcast/spincast rods, spinning and fly rods, surf rods, boat/pier rods, Regulation Tackle rods, and special-purpose rods for ice fishing, backpacking, muskie and salmon fishing. No matter what kind of fishing you favor, you'll find the right rod-and how to build it-described in this book.« less