Roll My Own

Admittedly the title of this post will probably draw some attention from non-anglers, but I wanted a description other than “New Fiberglass Fly Rod Build”.  As I sat there on Sunday morning wrapping the guides onto the blank with black and then silver thread, I realized that, in essence, I was rolling my own fly […]

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A New Rod for 2012

Shortly before Christmas I built a 9′ 4 wt rod based on  a J Stockard Forecast fly rod kit.  It has a blue 4-piece Batson IM6 blank, a gunsmoke reel seat with rosewood insert, and a quality cork grip.  Including shipping it was $90.  Add in a $5 rod bag from BassPro and a rod tube […]

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Interview With Tom Kirkman of RodMaker Magazine

We recently had the opportunity to interview Tom Kirkman, who publishes RodMaker Magazine.  Tom just celebrated 15 years in business. No small feat, especially in this economy. FF: How did you get started in rod building, and do you still build rods? Tom: I had ordered a then new graphite rod from Browning-Silaflex. It cost $100 which […]

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Great Customer Service

Last week I decided to build a 9 ft. 4-piece 4 wt. graphite fly rod for use in some of the smaller trout streams. Instead of ordering the components individually, I checked around and decided on a rod kit from J Stockard.  They’re having a sale on their rod building kits, and the entire order […]

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Fiberglass Fly Rod Build – Part 1

Building a fly rod is an interesting project, and easier than you might think.  This winter I am building a 6′ 6″ 4-5 wt fiberglass fly rod that will be used for kayak fishing. The video below kicks off a blog series on rodmaking.  This first segment covers the components that will be attached to the […]

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The Build

I was looking for a winter project when I found that the Salmon River Anglers Association was offering a fly rod building class. A few weeks before I had spent an afternoon with the SRAA during their Flies and Pies event, so I knew that this was a good group of guys dedicated to fly […]

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