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I've been fly fishing for many years and figured it was time to try building my own rod.
So after much research and a good deal of expense (building a rod like tying your own flies isn't cheap), I decided on a 9' 4 weight what I could use for grayling and wild brown trout.
I've used an MHX blank, Seymo guides, REC reel seat and Fuji and Fishhawk whipping thread. Against normal conventions I've not used the usual rod building resins, time will tell if this was a wise move! I used two stripping guides, not necessary but this is an experiment and I wanted to play. I didn't include a hook keeper as I never use them. So the result is a plain, simple design. No glitz or bling but a few turns of silver thread to highlight where the joints are.
Building a rod is hard work and I was surprised at the levels of concentration needed. It was frustrating and tiring to get it right. Having whipped the guides on one section I wasn't happy with the position of them so cut them off and started again.
I finished the rod yesterday and cast it for the first time today using two different #4 lines. The results were impressive. The rod is light with a slightly slower action to the rods I would usually use, but still capable of casting a good length of line easily, and that's exactly what I was aiming for.
I will be using it tomorrow on the Welsh Dee fishing for grayling. I'll let you know how it performs!
A well known fly fishing guide and instructor John can often be found fishing or guiding on the Welsh Dee or passing his knowledge to others at game fairs and country shows.
guided fly fishing in North Wales
Guided fly fishing trips on rivers, streams and upland lakes in Snowdonia. and surrounding areas of North Wales.
Fishing for summer & winter grayling and wild brown trout.in the spectacular, tranquil countryside that is Snowdonia National Park.
Fly fishing lessons in North Wales
Fly fishing and casting lessons for beginners. Casting fault analysis, single handed spey, slack line and presentation casting tuition for more experienced fly fishers.
Develop your watercraft skills on freestone rivers and upland lakes.