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What’s on the bench for Spring?

17 inches of Flor, Burl and rubberized cork.

The quick answer is a another Anglers Roost rod blank.  I am currently building the 2/3 weight 11’ blank.  Call it a Switch rod, call it a Trout Spey rod, it doesn’t matter, it’s being built as a two hand rod so maybe Ultra-light Two Hand rod.  I am going to fish it for everything that I can that will take a fly.  I decided that for this rod build I would make the investment of time and energy on building some rod building tools to make my life a little bit easier.

Cork lathe and clamp
Homemade Cork Lathe and Clamp

I originally sourced a stand alone motor to drive my cork lathe, after getting it all built and adjusted it developed a death wobble and was a total failure.  Back to the drawing board and back to using the drill as the power source.  I did this on my last rod builds on a cobbled together lathe that was not repeatable.  Each time I used it I had to disassemble it and rebuild it adjusting to get rid of the wobble.  This lathe is adjustable for short and  long mandrels and will be used to turn cork on the rod blank down the road.  Currently my mandrels are made from 1/4” drill rod from Fastenal.  I also wanted to cut a step out of my grip making as previously I would glue the rings up on 1/4” threaded rod and then transfer it to a piece of drill rod for turning.  I built the clamp out of some 1/4” threaded rod and 3/4” scrap plywood I had laying around.  By sliding the end pieces around I can use a mandrel or glue the rings directly on a rod blank.


  1. Hi, Mike. Well, that sounds like a unique project. Even cooler that you are building some of your own rod building tools. Keep us posted on how it comes along.


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