ROD BUILDING TIPS
Easy Tip Wrapping

By Gary Sullivan

Here's a tip from the May/June 2000 issue of RodMaker magazine:

RodMaker Magazine "I don't know what the pro's do, but when I'm using my rod wrapper for those damnable tiny tips I don't get as good a wrap as I want. ANY pressure on the thread cause the tip to bend out of a straight line . . . and when I preform my tie-off it seems that I get a 'bunch' or a cluster of thread looking like a bump. Soooo . . .

What I've been doing is using a fly tying bobbin, loaded with the same thread as the rest of the wraps, but using the bobbin just like I was winding thread on the shank of the hook. I get the neat non-bunching wrap I want - no sideways pressure because I'm wraping the thread 'around' the tip section as compared to 'on' the tip from the sideways direction of my thread carriage. ~ Gary Sullivan, Williamsburg, OH

Publishers note:

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

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