Manipulating Rod Action
By Mike Mendenhall

When building a fly rod, I have found that I can change or manipulate the action of a rod by using a simple technique.

I use single foot guides and down size the guides by one size from the recommended factory size. This will increase the action of the blank for the following reason. By using a smaller single foot guide which weigh less, I use less rod wrapping epoxy which equates to less weight that is added to the blank thus increasing the rod speed when loading the rod during casting.

Of course, you can also slow the action down by up sizing one guide size from the recommended factory guide size and using double footed guides. The whole purpose of building a custom rod is to tailor it to meet your needs. ~ Mike Mendenhall

Publishers note:

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

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