Our third class of Rod Building was about wrapping the guides securely on the rod.
Now about this class, I anticipated a bit more of ease in this process as I have tied flies (some not so bad he he), but I was WRONG.
To wrap a guide on you must first get the rod section set up into the rod wrapper. Then you must file down the guides so there wont be a huge bulk under the thread wrap. Next you set the tension on the thread so it isn’t too tight so that it creates a weak point in the rod causing your rod to break after using it several
times. You also cannot have the tension too weak because your rod guides will break off as you are fishing. While wrapping the rod one spin at a time you want to make sure the thread isn’t going on crooked, separate or wrapped over other thread.
At class we all worked on one section of the rod to make sure we understood what Tony was trying to teach us. Most of us had to unwrap the section and start over. And I started over again. I now have brought the rod wrapper home in hopes that by next class I wild have several guides done. After spending about four hours on this, I feel frustrated. Tomorrow is a new day. Glass half full.