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Budget tools $5 Cork Reamers

My intention, of this rod build is to build something I just can’t find out in the fly rod market, and to do it as economically as possible. 
One of the tools that is a necessity is a set of cork reamers.  A search of the internet will turn up a beautiful set of “Dream Reamers” for around $50.  Your other choices are a rat tail file or make your own reamers.  I decided to go the make my own route.
First part of this is find a broken fishing rod, good places to find them if you don’t have one hanging around is a garbage can by a fishing spot, that is where I got mine.  I found half a spinning rod sticking out of the trash and did the following. 
1.  Strip off all the guides, wraps, reel seat and cork.
2.  Cut to a usable length.
Being that you will need a reamer to make a much larger hole with Fiberglass rod blanks than with graphite blanks I found the butt section of the Medium weight spinning rod to be about right.  Remember a 5/6 weight glass blank will have a butt diameter of ro…