building a rod is really not that hard, you can make a rod holder for a few bucks and use a book to keep your thread tight. just look at cabelas hand rod wrapper and make somethig like that. you can even use a cardboard box. building a rod will not save you any money at all, in fact it costs more to build a CHEAP rod then it would be to just but a 30$ rod from wallmart. the only way you get a good deal building a rod is to use the top end blanks like GL loomis blanks. I built a GL3 loomis last year the total cost was about 150$ for the blank and all the parts. this same rod at sportsmans wharehouse sells for over 200$.
the thing I like about building my own rods is I can do anything I want to do with it. later chuck
I agree with all the above except the part about not being able to build a nice rod cheaper than one could buy an "off the shelf" rod. One can absolutely build not only a better rod but can do it cheaper too! Of course, one CAN spen a ton on start-up materials and a power wrapper but that is not necessary. As already said above a cardboard box will make a usable hand wrapper to start and you can put your thread spool in a cup and run the thread thru a phone book for tension. There are lots of quality blanks which won't break the bank too.
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