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Thread: Strip built fly rods on the lathe

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Lenoir City, TN

    Default Strip built fly rods on the lathe

    I came across a book on the web call "Making strip built flyrods from various woods on the lathe by john betts". These things are supposed to cast great and take a fraction of the time to make compared to bamboo, but have a similar old world feel. I've been wanting to expand on my ff hobies and am thinking about giving it a shot. Have any of you made a wooden rod or cast/fished one. Just a bit curious.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    West Virginia


    I've never heard of this method, but it sounds very interesting. Keep us informed if you decide to go through with it.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Middle Tennessee

    Default Wooden rods

    Reminds me of my dad's catfish "rod" when I was a kid, made from a pool cue, with guides and a reel seat added. No kidding.

    I may need to go see if it's still at his house. It's at least worth a photo.

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation, unless they fly fish... with apologies to Thoreau

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2007


    I know of someone who made one of a regular garden variety tomato stake and it looked nice. It supposedly casted well.
    "Unless one can enjoy himself fishing with the fly, even when his efforts are unrewarded, he loses much real pleasure. More than half the intense enjoyment of fly-fishing is derived from the beautiful surroundings, the satisfaction felt from being in the open air, the new lease of life secured thereby, and the many, many pleasant recollections of all one has seen, heard and done." - Charles F. Orvis

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Middle Tennessee


    There is a short article in the Spring issue of Flyfishing Tying Journal on this subject. It also list the book by Betts.
    Lets us know if how it goes if you decide to built one.

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