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Rod Wrapping Jig
Posted by: Bob Widmaier (---.evrtwa1.dsl-verizon.net)
Date: October 16, 2002 12:19PM

I am a novice at rod building and I am taking a class and building my first rod, a StCroix 9 ft 5 weight fly rod. As with most novice to rod building, I want to build some additional rods and would like to build my own V shaped rod jig. Can anyone tell me where I can get some plans with demensions, etc. for making a jig from wood?

Thank you in advance.

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Re: Rod Wrapping Jig
Posted by: Ricky Wilson (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: October 16, 2002 09:10PM

I don't have any plans but can tell you what I did. I took some 1/4's and cut some pieces about 6 inches high. Then cut V notches in the tops. Then on the bottoms I drilled two holes and put in regular wood dowels. Then I bought a 4 foot piece of chip board and made a base with a series of holes at 2 inch intervals to accept the dowel pins in the bottoms of my V stands. I have 3 stand and can move them anywhere along the base.

I made a thread tensioner with another base and some all-thread rod with springs and wing nuts to put tension on the thread. On the base I put in a heavy wire and attached a SIC top to it with hot melt glue. The thread runs through that and up to the rod.

My set-up works fine and wasn't expensive to build. If I had to do it over again, I might just buy one of the basic wrapping jigs from Gudebrod. It's more portable and simple, but would be fine if you're only doing fly rods or shorter freshwater rods.

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Re: Rod Wrapping Jig
Posted by: Bob Widmaier (---.evrtwa1.dsl-verizon.net)
Date: October 17, 2002 12:23PM

Thanks for the input Ricky. The "If I had to do it over" is especially useful. Maybe I should just consider buying an inexpensive jig as my plans right now is to build light to medium fly rods (4-9 wts) and freshwater spinning and casting rods. Anybody else have any recommendations on a beginners rod jig?

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Re: Rod Wrapping Jig
Posted by: Jeff Stegner (---.SPFD.splitrock.net)
Date: October 17, 2002 12:38PM

here's a link to some basic plans.


ps - unless you need portability, I'd make it at least 6' long.

Hope this helps,


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Re: Rod Wrapping Jig
Posted by: Dave Lockman (65.173.2.---)
Date: October 17, 2002 01:47PM

Bob -

There is a guy in Rochester, MN that makes a great rig and its fairly cheap. It is a portable type case that holds all your tools, thread, etc inside along with the rod supports and thread carriage. He even has a bracket for mounting a swing -arm lamp (the clamp on type).

I saw it demonstrated at a show in Breezy Point, MN. Its cool and its portable. I think he has two versions that cost from $60 - $80 (don't quote me on that!). Its great especially for multi piece rods.

If you are interested, click on my name to send me an e-mail and I will give you contact info.


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Re: Rod Wrapping Jig
Posted by: Bob Widmaier (---.evrtwa1.dsl-verizon.net)
Date: October 17, 2002 04:18PM

Hey Jeff.

Thanks for the information and plans on the steelheader site. That is just what I was looking for along with plans for a rod dryer too!! Your suggestion to make it 6 ft long is great. Lots of room to work.



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