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A Fiberglass Fly Rod is Born

Sorry all for the lag time in between posts as I have been busy with work and have spent any spare time working on this build.  I wanted to do a pictorial of the build from start to finish on my Jann’s Netcraft Fiberglass blank build. Glass is certainly not dead.  It may have been on life support before Cameron Mortenson started up The Fiberglass Manifesto but I credit him with breathing new life into the realm of fiberglass fly rods and exposing me to them.  This is a Jann’s Netcraft 8’ 5/6 two piece blank which from my searching the most inexpensive blank for the new fly rod builder as they sell for $18.29 each plus shipping.  For a first rod build you really can’t go wrong.Your choices of reel seats are plentiful but you have to be mindful of the butt diameter of these rods, as fiberglass rods have a larger diameter then comparable graphite so some wood insert style reel seats will be too small.  I decided to go with a reel seat designed for salt water fly rods.With the cork grip y…

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.
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The cat is out of the bag… well the fly rod is out of the rod sock.

If anyone has been wondering what happened to the blog well here it is.  I have been working on two fiberglass fly rods, one for myself and one as thank you gift to my good friend and mentor John Wood (http://jwflyfish.blogspot.com/).  A while back John made me a beautiful landing net (number 50) as a gift and I made the comment that I would  have to  build a rod fitting with such a beautifully crafted net.  So I worked in secret, I let out a couple of pictures of the rod I was building, carefully avoiding letting the cat out of the bag on the second rod I was building for John.  Now that the rod is in his hands I can share this with the rest of the fly fishing world.

























































Rod Specs.

Johns Rod
Anglers Roost 7’ 3/4 Klassic Glass blank
Flor Grade Cigar Grip
Uplocking Lemke reel seat with Burl Madrone insert
Nickel Silver winding check
Mildrum Stripping guide
Snake Brand Original snake guides in  chrome.
Wraps are YLI 100 silk in Antique Gold finished with Spar varnish


My rod
Anglers Roost 7…