Building my first rod!

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  1. InDeepShip

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    I'm going to building my first rod this summer and I want it to be for throwing Irons for smaller to medium grade yellowtail and just a somewhat general purpose rod. I want it to be about 9 foot and be around the 25-50lb class rod. I'm thinking about using a Calstar 90j-B blank and I'm thinking about using a deckhand grip but I'm unsure. What guides do you guys think I should use. I was thinking something like these. http://www.mudhole.com/Wire-Frame-Boat-Rod-Guides-Model-XB-XBB or these http://www.mudhole.com/Deep-Drawn-Saltwater-Guides-Model-DP. I have no idea on where to place them but if you guys have any recommendations id love to hear them and advice for this new rod.
     
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    Buy your components from a local shop,Use Alps or Fuji guides.Go to Eric’s or take a drive to Bob Sands or Island Tackle,they will get you dialed in on how to build a jig stick.
     
  3. InDeepShip

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    Yea im still in the planning stage. I want to wrap the rod my self but i dont have acess to a machine or even the space to get a machine. Its just one of the bucket list items.
     
  4. fishcrazy

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    You are in Ventura go see Eric at his shop he'll help you out. As far as wrapping it yourself take 2 cardboard boxes & cut V's in them to hold the blank, for a thread tensioner you can use a heavy book like a dictionary.
     
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    stella marina Well-Known "Member"

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    Hand wrapping is a great, cheap way to start.
    Way more cost effective if you're only building a few rods.its a good Way to understand the wrapping process.
    Wrapping machines cost more than the rod will cost, and take a while to get the hang of. Im still learning the tricks of mine after 10 rods. They save time, but that's not the reason you're building a rod.
     
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    Use ALPS. Best bang for dollar. Fujis are nice, but very pricey.
    you will not be dissapointed using the ALPS.
    As for thread tension. Consider using a Bobbin. Very easy and they cost less than $10. Do a search on ebay for fly tying bobbin or check mudhole
    Even with a power lathe many of us use bobbins and not a thread carriage
     
  7. InDeepShip

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    Hi thank you guys all for the responses. The Main reason is not due to the cost its not having a space for it. Im a college student and living in a dorm your restricted on space. Shit even fitting a 9 foot rod is a challenge.
     
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    makairaa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Start with a hand wrapper. They are small and portable. I have wrapped rods on park benches, school desks, picnic tables among other places.
     
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    Ya know C&M has the Flex Coat hand wrapper for less than a $100- I think.
     

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