Saturday, November 19, 2011

Winter activity that sucks #34: Rod building

A few years ago when I worked at Simms, they offered a rod-building class. Since the fly-tying class they offered was so good, I thought the rod-building would be too. Nope.

Fly tying offers the opportunity to use your experience and knowledge from time on the water to craft a tool that affects your fishing success. Rod building offers a chance for arts and crafts - my mom (the quilter) might like it. The rod, assuming it's fundamentally sound, has virtually no impact on the fishing. If a wrap ain't quite perfect, even spring-creek trout don't care. The colors you choose are for aesthetics only. It's a little cheaper, but it's not enjoyable like fly tying.
Since I've broken the Scott 3-wt I built at that class twice, I've been able to keep after this horrid hobby. Today, being 14F at 1:45pm, I finished the mid-tip section. It has character, and it will fish fine. It's certainly an original rod. I hope it stays in four pieces for the duration.

Next winter activity that sucks: Learning to tie the Humpy.

4 comments:

Leigh said...

I know how bad it sucks - I'm starting on a 9' 4wt now.

Josh said...

Mine was only a 7'6". Yours sounds worse. Godspeed.

Bigerrfish said...

Humpy?... yea those suck all the way around...
Cool project with the rod... Hope to hear about it hunkered over..

Josh said...

You should see some of my previous attempts at tying a Humpy. Ridiculous. It may well end up being a fly I elect to purchase sted tie. But I'm gonna try.