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    Wooden Handles for Flyrods

    Saw this article posted on our guild's site, thought some of you might want to try something new. This might be worth me getting another lathe for, my dad builds his own rods.

    http://www.kcwoodworkersguild.org/Ed...%20Flyrods.pdf
    Darren

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    Thanks Darren. You just made the project list that much longer. Great article thanks for sharing. Before i make one i want to get out and use my rods more. That would success on its own regardless of the handles.
    cheers

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    nice looking handles darren but i thought that cork was preferred handle materail? i know you dont need sensitivity so much on a fly rod but the feel or grip would be slippery on a wood handle right?
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    I've often looked at my spinning reel poles and thought I'd like to replace the handles with some custom made wood ones. I'm not sure how to successfully remove the existing ones. Been thinking about buying one at a yard sale (cheap) and giving it a try. I don't know why I want to do this. I never go fishing anymore. I buy the license and think about it but I never seem to get there. Nice article, thanks for posting it.

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    I'm printing that article, looks like a great tut.
    When I first started the spinny nonsense I went to the only fly rod shop in the area (not counting Wal-Mart ) and told the owner I could, and would, make fly rod handles for sale in his shop. He said his customers would not pay big money for handles and suggested I give up on the idea. Which I did. We now have several upscale fly shops in the area and this post has revived my interest in pursuing the idea. Plus, as the article stated, stabilized wood is best, even great, for handles. Guess wat I have a stabilizing set up. Darren, thanks for posting this. I'll betcha a lot of our members here could take advantage of this idea.
    BTW, my part of the country is some of the best fly fishing anywhere. Y'all come.
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    No problem all...thought someone might find it interesting.

    Larry, I'm sure one could also turn cork as part of the glue-up of the pattern, might need to drill the shaft hole first and turned on a temporary shaft, much like you would a pen for stability while turning.
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    Hmmm, I've got some fishing rods that could use some new handles... Never really liked the pistol grip style anyway...
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    I just finished reading the entire tut. Very good but a tad confusing to someone not familiar with the details of what a fly rod looks like. Having one in hand while reading would help a lot. I did come up with an idea for the glue up clamping that might help. Delrin rod won't stick to glues, no way, no how. And it is machinable. One could thread the ends of the rod and make larger, tapped, handles for the clamping. After glue dries, just pull out, no pounding.
    And, I noticed, making sectioned handles might actually be easier than in a single piece. Drilling holes apx. a foot deep is always tricky. With sections you can drill each piece easily then glue up. That even makes a more interesting handle plus you can save and use scraps.
    With my stabilizing set up available, that will help even more. I'll drill, rough turn the stable. Should be good.
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    Hey Frank I was thinking what about a split down the middle then rout the groove on either half of the blank to fit the rod but. Then glue together even can put a fancy color piece of wood in the middle like say maple and paduk or Chery maple. That would put the hole in for the rod nicely no? Could even taper the hole that way by lifting one end of the blank.

    Half of me is somewhat skeptical though. Just like Larry says fly rods the world over have been cork forever. Way i remember it has something to do with being a damper to vibration. But i aint sure.

    As to selling them this way, well you have to overcome the tradditionalist in flyfisherman. Some of the flyfishing fraternity are pretty fussy.
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Hey Frank I was thinking what about a split down the middle then rout the groove on either half of the blank to fit the rod but. Then glue together even can put a fancy color piece of wood in the middle like say maple and paduk or Chery maple. That would put the hole in for the rod nicely no? Could even taper the hole that way by lifting one end of the blank.

    Half of me is somewhat skeptical though. Just like Larry says fly rods the world over have been cork forever. Way i remember it has something to do with being a damper to vibration. But i aint sure.

    As to selling them this way, well you have to overcome the tradditionalist in flyfisherman. Some of the flyfishing fraternity are pretty fussy.
    And, some of them just like spending money on fancy, status stuff. I'll be after the upscale guys who like to flash their platinum cards. Purists are welcome also but won't be my focus.
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