This is Part 2 in a series of articles on building your own custom rods.
You can view Part 1 here.
Once you’ve decided on the rod you want to build and ordered your components, it’s time to find the rod’s spine and install the tip. As is shown in the video, every rod blank has a natural spot of least resistance known as the “spine”. When building your rod it’s very important to align your guides along that spine as when fully bent the rod will want to roll to that position. If your guides are not aligned with it, the rod will twist in your hands and the guides will lay to the side when you hook your first fish.
Once you’ve got your tip installed, it’s time to decide on the type and length of the handle you want on your rod. Deckhand style handles are the easiest to build and most versatile to size but are only suited for reels that come with a clamp, resigning them mostly to medium duty bait and jig rods. On your light and heavy duty rods, or any bass rods, you’re going to need to install a handle with a reel seat and that means measuring it to fit your dimensions and applications.
Once you’ve decided on your handle style and whether you want to build a standard, down wrapped or spinning rod, it’s time to do some measuring and get your handle materials ready to install. Join me next time when I’ll go step by step through installing the different handle styles.
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