Category Archives: Fly Rod Building

New Book: “Crafting A Bamboo Fly Rod”

blog nilsson bambooGuest Blogger: Bamboo Rod Maker & Author Scott Nilsson

This book was written primarily to encourage the non-professional craftsman. The purpose of this book is to help you on your journey to make a bamboo fly rod by minimizing frustration and confusion. It is intended to take some of the anxiety out of the process, which often prevents a fly fisher’s desire to go ahead and make a fine bamboo rod. Making a fine bamboo fly rod is not as difficult as you may think. My son, Tor, made a fine rod when he was twelve years old. more…

Demystifying Fly Rod Building

Making your first fly rod Ron KnessGuest Blogger: Ron Kness

If you have never built a fly rod before, the process can be daunting.  But after building 24 fly rods from either kits or individual pieces, most of which were purchased from J. Stockard, I found the building process comes down to six steps:

  1. Finding the Spine
  2. Fitting the Handle
  3. Installing the Tip-Top
  4. Installing Guides and the Hook Keeper
  5. Finishing the Guides and Hook Keeper
  6. Installing the Reel Seat

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