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You are here:HomeArticlesBuilding of a custom fly fishing rod

Building of a custom fly fishing rod

In this article, we propose to follow step by step the building of a "custom" fly rod so that you too can get started in this hobby suitable for the winter season.

Building of a custom fly fishing rod

In this article we propose to follow step by step the building of a "custom" fly rod so that you too can get started in this hobby suitable for the winter season.

First of all we would especially like to thank the team of the website and sympathetic community of enthusiasts rodbuilders who gave us lots of tips and advice to fit this fly rod.

For this first rod, we started on standard hardware, ideal for beginners in the art of dry fly fishing.

Our choice was focused on a blank 9 ft (2,743 m), 4-pieces, fast action for silk # 4 on which we set 10 rings plus tip ring.
For a more custom look and a more complete overview of the different rodbuilding techniques, we chose to mount a handle from cork rings first grade flor, green and black color and paint and varnish the first section.

We tried to have a fairly simple set, but still raised a few touches of color. We chose to use the ligature wire black with touches of metallic gold thread and dark green.

The material for the fly rod

blank MHX F904-4 de 9' (2.743 m), 4 pieces, Fast action, silk n°4

1 x top guide Alps size 3.5 XTCHFT3.5

5 x blank rings Alps size 1 XTCHSFGP1

3 x blank rings Alps size 2 XTCHSFGP2

1 x blank rings Alps size 3 XTCHSFGP3

1 x blank ring (stripper) Fugi K serie Alconite BKWAG12

10 x top flor cork rings

2 x Burl Black cork rings

2 x green cork rings

1 x spool metallic dark green thread size A

1 x spool metallic gold thread size A

1 x spool black thread size A

1 x varnish Flex Coat Lite

Rod wrapping tool

Building of a home made rod wrapping tool for building or repairing rod guides.

The rod wrapping tool is a kind of double easel on which you will place your blank and hold your spools of thread.

It consists of a main board from 50 to 60 cm long and 20 cm wide, which will set two boards from 20 to 25 cm high and 15 cm wide. These last two boards have a V-shaped notch on their top to allow the smooth running of the blank. This notch is covered with felt or carpet to avoid scratching the blank.

It is important to establish a system for one of the two easels can be set closer to each other, which is very useful when tying the ends of the blank. In our example, we drilled a rail in the tray and set it in a rail bracket that holds the vertical easel.

It's then necessary to provide a series of threaded rods with 5 mm diameter and some spring washers to maintain the coils, and a certain tension in the thread.

Finally there is a rail with a ring to make a return pulley between the blank and the spool. In our building we recycled a curtain rail.

Lift for apply varnish onto blanks

It is very difficult or impossible to obtain a thin layer evenly distributed on the blank with a brush and a drying bench.

To varnish our blank, we need a system which will distribute the varnish evenly on our blank, a kind of varnish elevator.

It consists of a vertical axis on which a container for the varnish can slide vertically and a second parallel axis to maintain the blank in place. It also requires a small stepper motor or other allowing the container to slide vertically along the axis.

The container consists of a cap in which we put a piece of latex glove drilled with a small hole. This container will hold the varnish on the blank sliding down faster or slower down. Then the varnish will be deposited uniformly along the blank. The more rapidly the container will move down, the more the coating layer applied on the blank will be thick and vice versa. For a thin layer of varnish, it is necessary to lower the container to about 10 cm / minute.

Our elevator is 1m50 high to allow the opening of a standard 2-pieces rod up to 2m80.


Reference stepper motor kit:

Kit motor control stepper BIG STEP (in

Reference of the belt and sprockets:

Toothed belt BRECO T5 (Angst + Pfister) 21 T5 gear (Angst + Pfister)

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