How to Wrap Fishing Rods
Building a fishing rod allows the builder to add a personal touch, giving the rod a one of a kind look. The feature of the rod that is often most noticeable as being custom-made are the wraps on the line guides. This is where a rod builder can add color, and even some sparkle or special effects, to the rod. A proper wrapping job is also crucial to having a long-lasting rod that you can fish with for years.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
- Fine metal file
Guide wrapping thread
Rod building thread tensioner
Exacto knife or similar instrument
- Fine metal file
- Line guides
- Guide wrapping thread
- Rod building thread tensioner
- Fine scissors
- Exacto knife or similar instrument
Assemble the sections of the rod blank. Refer to a fishing rod guide spacing chart (see Resources section) and mark the locations for the guides on the rod blank.
Use a fine metal file to remove any burrs or sharp edges on the bottom of the guide feet. You should also file each end of the guide feet to a taper for a smooth transition from the rod blank to the guide.
Set up your spool of thread on a rod building thread tensioner, or place the spool of thread in a bowl and then run the end of the thread under a book on a table or flat surface. You want the thread tension at a point that it holds the guide in place, but where you can still make minor adjustments to the guide placement.
Support the rod from a spot on either side of where you are working. Begin wrapping the thread by laying a short piece horizontally along the length of the guide foot and then crossing the thread over itself. Start spinning the rod slowly so that you can precisely control the thread placement to go on in line and symmetrically over the guide feet. Wrap until you have gone about 1/8 of an inch and then cut off the tag end with a pair of fine scissors.
Continue to wrap with the loose end of the thread up the guide foot. Make a loop with the thread that lies on the previous thread wraps, and past where you stopped wrapping. It should also extend back past where you begin wrapping. Continue to wrap over this loop.
Cut the thread, leaving a piece 3 to 4 inches long to place through the end of the loop. Master rod builder Bob Widgren describes the next part of this finishing knot process as follows; "While still maintaining pressure on the wraps, pull the loop tag ends and draw the wrapping thread under itself until the tag end comes free." Now pull the tag end of the thread, tightening and locking in the wraps. Finally, cut the end with an Exacto knife. Repeat this technique for all the line guides until you are finished.
Anthony Smith has been writing for written over 800 articles for Demand Studios, and also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter". He attended the University of New Mexico, and has over 25 years of experience in the business world.