Category Archives: Fishing

Reel Seat

This week I have been attempting to make a reel seat of the “cap-and-ring, mortised insert” type, but only with partial success. The trim ring (cork check?), sliding ring, and cap are simple lathe parts.  I chuck a 1 inch … Continue reading

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Furling Machine

For more than 10 years, I have made and fished furled leaders, using the method of Claude Freaner. I have now made a fixture/machine to assist in the process. The machine is hand cranked, so I no longer need to … Continue reading

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Ferrule Shrinking

On May 7 I made a post about electroplating of nickel. This can be a protective finish for reel parts, but it can also be used to increase the diameter of a male rod ferrule that is loose. I was … Continue reading

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Line Guide Gadget

The first time I saw one of these was at a silent auction, and it took a while for me to figure out what it was. It is a visual aid for a rodmaker, to help get the butt section … Continue reading

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Rod Wrapping

To assist in putting the thread wraps on my fiberglass rod, I was able to borrow this deluxe fixture from RKP. This is my homemade rotation device for wrap finishing. It was originally made to be a fly tying tool, … Continue reading

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Making the Grip

Pre-made rod grips are available, but I chose to buy cork rings. This fiberglass blank is .435 to .403 diameter in the span of the grip, and I thought it would be difficult to enlarge a 1/4 inch bore (6.5 … Continue reading

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Fitting a Reel Seat

For a while, making a rod is displacing the making of reels. I am not an accomplished caster, but I have recently learned that a slower rod is probably better for me. A friend acquired a rod made from a … Continue reading

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The Angler

This sheet metal and scrap sculpture was recently placed on the river bank downstream from where I live. It is placed so that only a fly fisherman is likely to see it. I hope that keeps it safe from vandalism.

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Grayrock 2013

The Grayrock meeting of bamboo rod makers was held in Lovells last year, and again this year. So I attended even though I am not making rods. Wes Cooper Wayne Cattanach Judging tapers Outdoor session My interest in making a … Continue reading

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Pentagonal Rod Gauge

Lovells rodmaker RKP decided to make bamboo rods with pentagonal cross section, rather than the usual hexagonal. And now that he has started, he says that it takes less time to plane 5 strips than to plane 6 (!). The … Continue reading

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