Quartersawn White Oak Fly Rod Wrapping Jig

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Project by John posted 01-27-2013 07:13 PM 9890 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Feels good to be inspired again. 2012 was so nuts I had no time to woodwork.

Just finished a fly rod wrapping jig and took it out for a spin at the Kentukiana Fly Fishing show put on by the Derby City Fly Fishers. My good friend Gary Krebs and I represented our local fly fishing club Tippecanoe Fly Fishers. Gary is a very talented inventor and fly tyer. Here’s a link to his instructional videos and his fly tying products.

I have been building many fly rods lately and wanted a nicer rod wrapping jig. It’s modeled after the Flex Coat wrapping jig but I added brass hardware and gave the rod supports a way to slide. Finish is Watco medium brown and Watco satin poly. There’s a rare earth magnet in the lower right to hold a razor a ruler.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#1 posted 01-27-2013 08:16 PM

Well done! Been dreaming of how I want to build one. I make mostly 1 piece rods so I want something a little longer. I like split grips so I have some difficulty doing the butt wraps on my small one. Enjoyable hobby.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#2 posted 01-27-2013 09:26 PM

Nice Job really like the use of the brass. Where did you get the springs on your thread tensioners? I use the same style tensioners on mine but the straight springs get under the washer occasionally and bind things up.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 01-27-2013 09:48 PM

Thanks guys. I looked for the lightest pyramid spring I could find at Ace Hardware.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#4 posted 01-27-2013 10:01 PM

Interesting John. Nice job too. But for us non-fly fishers, could you show a pic with the rod in place being used? Thanks. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 01-28-2013 01:39 AM

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#6 posted 01-29-2013 12:14 AM

Very nicely done. I’ve often thought about building my own fly rods, but I don’t have time to use the ones I already have, so I’ll add it to that ever growing “bucket list.”

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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