I finished my rod wrapper on Thursday evening and waited for the parts that were glued together to finish drying. Its not bad, here’s the pic.
It cost me around $20 to make. I can move the rod and thread holders around as I need to. After wrapping a hook keeper on my existing rod and watching some videos of wrapping on Youtube I decided to add some more features. I had trouble keeping my thread tight as I was wrapping the hook keeper so I think I need to add some eye hooks and springs to help with tension, I also want to add a thread guider.
Here is a picture of the hook keeper that I wrapped on my rod.
This is a 4 weight 2 piece rod that I got with my first fly rod kit. My first kit was one of those $50 specials that I got at the BX on Hill AFB. I have already upgraded my reel but I am still using the same old rod. I decided to try a two color wrap. It took me about six tries before I got a wrap to hold but I was able to do both wraps in one pass. Total time with all eight wraps was about 45 minutes. After I finished the wraps I used some color sealer to protect the color of the thread. Unfortunately, I used some 5 minute epoxy to seal the threads that I got from Wal mart. Big mistake. I don’t know if you can see it in the photo but the epoxy globbed up as I was putting it on the threads. No biggie though, its only a $25 dollar rod and now I have a hook keeper on it so that I don’t damage my cork grip anymore.