First guide wrapped on first build.

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Mudhole kit came in end of last week I got to work. 1 down. 8 to go. I think it looks pretty good for a first shot. I maybe went a little overboard with the underwrap but it was good practice. I used size A thread for underwrap and guide wrap. Already the prettiest rod I own and I've barely started it.

I can't wait to finish the rest and epoxy it.

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1 day down, 8 days left to goLOLLOLLOLLOL. Looks good, keep it up then unwrap just to do it again cz you don’t like the way 1 color looks once you put epoxy on.
 

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Looks good, but thats going to be tough to do on every guide, good luck.especially if you dont keep track of how many wraps each thread took.

Also, the base wrap looks a little long to me. You have to be careful once you get to the top guides, because the guides are going to be about 3-4-5 inches apart from each other. And that wrap looks like it took 4 inches to make. So, you might have to make the top wraps simpler.
 

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Looks good, but thats going to be tough to do on every guide, good luck.especially if you dont keep track of how many wraps each thread took.

Also, the base wrap looks a little long to me. You have to be careful once you get to the top guides, because the guides are going to be about 3-4-5 inches apart from each other. And that wrap looks like it took 4 inches to make. So, you might have to make the top wraps simpler.
Yeah I'm definitely going to do a simpler/shorter pattern on the upper guides. I'll scale the underwrap down per the size of the guides until it's basically a hair past the guide wraps on the smallest guides.
 
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1 day down, 8 days left to goLOLLOLLOLLOL. Looks good, keep it up then unwrap just to do it again cz you don’t like the way 1 color looks once you put epoxy on.
All the better. Something to keep me busy while stuck at home.
 

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Look great for your first you will come into your own technique on under wraps depending on the length of the guides you are using
 

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Great job welcome to the addiction. Don’t let anyone’s opinion of your work sway how you build your rods. The best part of building your rods they are exactly that YOUR RODS. I have a bunch of rods I have built during the quarantine and a bunch more to finish
 

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Looks good, but thats going to be tough to do on every guide, good luck.especially if you dont keep track of how many wraps each thread took.

Also, the base wrap looks a little long to me. You have to be careful once you get to the top guides, because the guides are going to be about 3-4-5 inches apart from each other. And that wrap looks like it took 4 inches to make. So, you might have to make the top wraps simpler.
Exactly what i thought when i saw it.Nice work so far.
 

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That’s rad
Well done. I’m still on the back and forth if I want to start another addiction.
Coronavirus is the perfect excuse. Do it!

Honestly it's not a huge investment even if you try it once. I got a mudhole kit that included all the tools plus a blank and components for the first build. The kit was $200 and the blank alone retails for over $100. The only thing I bought extra was a handful of threads for the colors I wanted and they're only 3 bucks a spool.

Life is too short to not have way too many hobbies.
 

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Very nice looking wraps, clean and tight! Not to be a smarta$$ . . . well maybe a little :-) , did you take the second picture from the same side of the rod as the first?
 

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#2 is perfect.....I would never, never, ever post a pic of my second guide wrap.................or the 10th for that matter!! You got it under control!
 
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Very nice looking wraps, clean and tight! Not to be a smarta$$ . . . well maybe a little :-) , did you take the second picture from the same side of the rod as the first?
If you're asking about whether or not I put the second guide on backwards, no. The rod is facing the opposite direction in the photo.

I could definitely see that happening though. I've definitely had a couple DOH moments already... finishing a wrap and realizing I missed a band, then restarting it and doing the exact same thing again, severing my main thread mid wrap while trying to burn fuzzies off the wrap, doing a whole underwrap only to realize my guide measurement was off by half and inch, putting my pullthrough in backwards.

Honestly I'm making more stupid mistakes as I get better because I'm going faster now and getting complacent. Not a huge deal though. Any extra work I do as a result is bonus practice.

Overall I'm beyond pleased at how it's turning out.
 

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I've made many a rod with 15-20 guide wraps but only 7 or 8 guides. Keep good records of components, colors and patterns.
 

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If you're asking about whether or not I put the second guide on backwards, no. The rod is facing the opposite direction in the photo.

I could definitely see that happening though. I've definitely had a couple DOH moments already... finishing a wrap and realizing I missed a band, then restarting it and doing the exact same thing again, severing my main thread mid wrap while trying to burn fuzzies off the wrap, doing a whole underwrap only to realize my guide measurement was off by half and inch, putting my pullthrough in backwards.

Honestly I'm making more stupid mistakes as I get better because I'm going faster now and getting complacent. Not a huge deal though. Any extra work I do as a result is bonus practice.

Overall I'm beyond pleased at how it's turning out.
You have exactly the right attitude. No better way to learn then by making mistakes.
 

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Can anyone explain to me if there needs to be an underlay wrap ? Does it make the guide stronger. Is it only for saltwater rods idk? Any helps thanks and sorry for taking over the thread.
 

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Can anyone explain to me if there needs to be an underlay wrap ? Does it make the guide stronger. Is it only for saltwater rods idk? Any helps thanks and sorry for taking over the thread.
Some will say yes, some will say not. Generally speaking they are more for decor than function.
 
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Can anyone explain to me if there needs to be an underlay wrap ? Does it make the guide stronger. Is it only for saltwater rods idk? Any helps thanks and sorry for taking over the thread.
It works better on heavy rods that take heavy drag. Its so the guide foot doesnt dig into the blank under high drag and cause problems. Overall, its decorative.