Making a Fly Rod
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Making a Fly Rod

Making a Fly Rod


Making a Fly Rod

Making a Fly Rod

A fly rod would be made in the same way as a bait rod, but of course the handle is somewhat different and the reel seat is below the handle. Different mountings will be needed, that is, for the handle, but a description of these with prices, will be found in the catalogs. Here are the dimensions of a fly rod that will suit the majority. Length over all 9} feet; length of each joint, including ferrule, 39 inches; reel seat 11/16 inch by 3| inch; handle, cork, 1 inch by 5 inches; taper from cork to rod, \ inch long; diameter of first joint at taper, 13/3& inch, at small end, 9/32 inch; diameter of second joint at large end, 9/32 inch; at small end, 11/64 inch; diameter of tip at large end, 11/64 inch; at small end, 5/64 inch. It should have nine bronzed steel snake guides of three or four sizes and a small agate or adamant first guide near the ferrule on the butt piece, also an agate or adamant tip. This rod will weigh about six ounces.

To get the other dimensions of the stick make two perfectly straight lines, say one-fourth of the length of each joint, putting them the proper distance apart at each end, and these three sets of lines will represent the three pieces of the rod. Now divide each set of lines into a number of equal length parts, say one inch, and these parts will represent corresponding parts four inches long on the respective joints of the rod. Now, if you take the measurements at each one of these inch marks, you will have the exact measurements for every four inches of the rod piece; just like I did in the diagram of the bait rod.

I know a man who made a very nice twelve-foot, four piece rod of ironwood. Ironwood is quite heavy and stiff, but he worked it down to a small diameter. He did a lot of fishing for pike and made this rod for that use. I imagine such a rod would suit a lot of fishermen who are not expert at bait-casting. Short bait-casting rods are also made of ironwood sometimes.

Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.

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