This article provides accurate instructions and videos for wrapping rod guides on a new fishing rod blank, or as repairs on an older rod.
Why Prep The Guides?
We need to file down the feet of the rod guides so our thread smoothly transitions from the blank to the guide.
If the guides have not been properly filed down, the thread will may snag during the transition from blank to guide foot, and worse, a rough guide foot can even scratch the rod blank, causing damage later on.
Building your own fishing rod is much easier, and more affordable, than many fisherman think.
Plus, when you are done building your fishing rod, it will be one that is better quality than many ‘off the rack’ fishing rods, and will be crafted to your specifications, colors, highlights, and preferences.
There are many reasons to build and fish with a custom rod. We covered that topic in another article called Why Fish With A Custom Fishing Rod, but here are some excerpts germane to this article.
Tip Top Install and Replacement
The tip top guides are the easiest component to install, and even repair.
As long as you have the right size for your rod, all you really need to do is make sure the tip area is clean (especially if it is a repair), and that you follow the gluing procedure listed below. It is not complicated, but does need to be done correctly.
What Are Foregrips and Winding Checks?
Fishing rod handles and foregrips (the part above the reel seat) are highly customizable and can be built for lightness, durability, ease of use, and even for specific applications.
The Winding Check is a small ring of rubber, metal, or plastic that goes on the front end of the foregrip. It hides rough edges from the fitting process and adds a finished appearance.