ROD BUILDING TIPS
Mr. Clean

By Barry Whitehouse, Ellington, CT

Here are a couple of additional tips I learned while building my fly rod:

The evening before I apply the two-part coating to the rod wraps, I sweep the floor and wipe down workspace surfaces, to remove as much dust as possible. Then I wear an old pair of socks (no shoes) while applying the finish, to pick up any remaining dust rather than kick it up.

After mixing the two part finish for the wraps, pour the mixture onto a piece of aluminum foil, and spread it thin. Let it set for a couple of minutes. Most of the bubbles will be gone, and those that remain will be very tiny. If bubbles appear when you apply it to the wraps, poke the bubbles with the point of the brush, and they should pop.

Thanks for all of your help.

~ Barry Whitehouse

Publishers note:

If you have any tips or techniques, send them along! Help out your fellow rodmakers! ~ Publisher, FAOL

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