Considering some ferrule wraps can be more difficult than others, here are 5 tips to make wrapping and finishing ferrule wraps easier than ever.
Easily Wrap and Finish Ferrules on Multi-Piece Rods
Building a multi-piece rod requires each ferrule, the conjoining section of the blank, to be reinforced with a thread wrap. Ferrule wraps, often found on fly rods and other multi-piece rods, work to increase the hoop strength around the blank’s connection points to help prevent cracks and splinters that can occur while fishing. In this blog, you’ll find 5 tips to improve ferrule wraps and a exclusive glimpse of building the new MHX Native Series Fly Rod.
1. Use the CRB Blank Extension Tool
The CRB Blank Extension Tool is a must have when it comes to wrapping and finishing ferrules on multi-piece fishing rods. Whether you’re wrapping a ferrule or applying epoxy finish, the CRB Extension Tool allows you to easily accomplish both.
For thread wraps, the CRB Extension Tool works to extend the blank and wrap ferrules tight against the edge with accuracy and ease. Especially when paired with the HWS-1 Hand Wrapper, the blank extension tool gives you the perfect length to wrap ferrules and guides on even the smallest diameter blank segments.
Then, once it’s time to apply finish to your ferrule wrap, simply chuck the extension tool into the RDS Rod Dryer to make epoxying the ferrule cleaner and easier than ever before.
Read more in our CRB Blank EXT Tool Blog!
2. Wrap Close to the Edge of Ferrule
To maximize the hoop strength of ferrule wraps, it’s important to ensure thread wraps are wrapped tightly and as close to the edge as possible. Not only does it look better, ferrule wraps are pivotal in protecting and reinforcing the connection points between each blank section.
Although the CRB Blank Extension Tool helps wrap ferrules with more accuracy, the burnishing tool allows rod builders to adjust their thread wrap’s starting point so that it’s flush with the ferrule’s edge.
For example, when using the burnishing tool, just gradually push the thread wrap’s starting point closer to the ferrule’s edge, while also rotating the blank to ensure the thread’s wrapped tightly all the way around this crucial connection point.
3. Wrap Guides into Ferrules
While laying out the guide spacing on a multi-piece fishing rod, take note of where the ferrule wraps will overlap your guide placement. Rather than cramming two separate wraps in a small area, simply combine the ferrule wrap and the guide wrap for a finished thread wrap that is as sharp as it is functional.
In some cases, if the guide foot is too close to the edge of the ferrule, consider bumping the guide’s placement up to finish the ferrule wrap before accommodating the guide wrap.
This shouldn’t change your guide spacing too much, unless the space between the adjusted guide and the following guide is larger than the space between the subsequent guides. In that case, you will have to readjust your guide spacing accordingly.
4. Tape off Male Ferrule Before Finishing
Sometimes finishing the ferrule wraps with epoxy can take a turn for the worst and seal together two separate sections of the rod blank. To avoid this problem, tape off the section that’s entering the ferrule right before the ferrule itself.
This allows you to apply the epoxy and then remove the tape, which ensures the two sections aren’t sealed together. It also allows for a much sharper epoxy edge even if epoxy runs over the connection point.
With that said, make sure you never let the epoxy run over the tape and cure. This makes for a sealed problem that is quite difficult to clean up.
5. Remove Bubbles from Epoxy
While applying the epoxy finish, there are two helpful tools that dramatically increase the final look and function of the ferrule wraps. For instance, ProKöte thread finish is equal parts resin and hardener that together form a long-lasting, crystal clear epoxy finish.
So after you mix the two-part epoxy, the first helpful tool is the aluminum dish, which works to slow down and preserve the chemical reaction of the two-part epoxy. Conserving the heat expended as the epoxy cures, the aluminum dish makes mixed epoxy last longer, while also reducing the bubbles in the mixture.
Second, take an alcohol burner and gently wave the flame over the finish. Slowly waving the alcohol burner over the epoxy finish works to relieve any remaining bubbles, and also remove any excess epoxy.
Note: Use an alcohol burner fueled with denatured alcohol rather than a butane lighter because butane will leave soot marks in your finished epoxy.
Using these rod building tips for ferrule wraps and CRB tools, you will build, wrap, finish, and fish your best multi-piece rod yet!