Getting Started

By Tom Kirkman

Here's a question from the Volume 4 - Issue #2 issue of RodMaker magazine:

RodMaker Magazine

"I have been wanting to get started in rod building and need to know the best way to get good results on my first attempt. I do not want to spend a fortune on blank and components only to mess things up but I don't want to build a cheap rod that I will never enjoy using either. ~ Barry . . . Austin, TX

First of all you need to arm yourself with some good background information. If you cannot find a local rod building class to attend, purchase at least two good rod building books. I highly recommend either of the Flex Coat books which although quite simplistic are also extremely good at explaining the basics. Next up, you might consider my own book, Rod Building Guide, as a secondary and slightly more indepth work on basic rod building. [You will find an excellent 12-part section on Building Your Own Graphite Rod by Al Campbell here.]

If you can locate an area tackle shop or community college that offers rod building classes, by all means look into it. I know of few better ways to get started than to actually recieve instruction from a qualified rod builder in a class setting.

You should choose a good specialty rod building supply dealer who can help you in the selection of the parts you need. You needn't spend a fortune, but don't be shy about spending what is necessary to get a rod that you will enjoy using over the course of a few years. ~ Tom Kirkman

Publishers note:

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

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