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 It was originally made to be a fly tying tool, … Continue reading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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