|Bodge time! Yep, couldn't be arsed to fix it properly, so just whipped the end to stop the cracks getting worse and shoved in a little brass handle to protect the end of the blank. Note state of ring - they all need replacing!|
|Ruined reel seat is a nightmare to try and use, jamming and twisting after the inner lining disintegrated and dropped out. Note how the varnish over the rings has cracked, leaving the ring loose in its wrap.|
Voilà, this winter's project! To help me build up enthusiasm (I have nowhere dust free and warm to build a rod - my toddler takes up all the space in our home!) I went in search of a book to read about how to do it. The idea was to gauge how much time it will take, how difficult it would be and how much stuff I would need to buy. Let's face it, if you're planning to build half a dozen rods you would be prepared to invest a little. If your just tackling a minor repair job you won't be. I fall into the latter category!
My first purchase was the Advanced Custom Rod Building by Dale Clemens. From first glances, it's a bit of mixture and gallery of various styles or solutions people have come up with to building rods. Seems rather long winded in places, but I guess it's got most of what you need in there.
I'll post my review of the book later next month, in the meantime I discovered an excellent, and far more practical "sticky" thread on the World Sea Fishing forum by Stan of Alba Rods fame that takes you through some of the steps of building a rod from scratch. Of course, there is also the excellent forum and online resources of Rodbuilder.org.
Won't start the project until after Christmas, during that depressing tail end of winter. I'll post a whole series of pictures and articles that document my progress along the way. If anyone has recommendations for any other books or online resources please let me know.
Tight lines for those of you braving the winter storms!