For the last 2 years, a broken fly rod and a broken spinning rod have been taking up space in my gear room, waiting me to figure out what to do with them. I had a few hours to kill the other night, so I decided to make my foray into the world of rod building and see what I could come up with. Having been wanting to set up a fly-reel ice rod setup for this coming hard-water season, the handle from the fly rod seemed to be a good place to start.
I started by cutting the fly rod off at the handle. The inner diameter of the blank left inside the handle was just a little bigger than the diameter of the top section of the spinning rod, so it only took a little work to fit them together. I was using quick-set 2-part epoxy, which was nice since I didn't have to wait to long before working on the wrap to smooth the join.
For the wrap, I started with a backing layer of chartreuse Ultra Thread, then a layer of pearl diamond braid, both of which I've been using to tie streamers lately. The quick-set epoxy I had appreciated when joining the blank and grip was now a serious headache, as I had very little time to apply and turn long enough to get a smooth flow before it set. Attempt #1 was not up to par, even for a first build, so it got redone, and the second try was good enough for me.
I used the same technique on the tip for visibility after gluing on a new tip to replace the one which had been snapped off years ago, and then let it sit. Total time spent was maybe 2 hours total, and I didn't need to buy anything especially for this project, salvaging everything from stuff I had. I will be picking up an Okuma Sierra 7/8 tomorrow to finish it off, however, and move that reel to a new fly rod come spring. This thing has some backbone, with a similar action as my Bernie laker rod, and I can't wait to hook up a fish.
Thanks to Orion for getting me thinking about building over a year ago, and Koldkut for pointing me in the right direction on a few things. I am hooked. I learned a few lessons on this one, and didn't have to deal with wrapping guides, so I can't wait to start on my next project to learn some more.