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  1. #1
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    Default Nice light rod build/re-build

    I know this is a fly fishing and flyrod building forum but I am sure some members must spin/coarse fish as well from time to time

    This is my recent experience at converting an underused fly rod into a light spinning rod, hopefully I won't get struck down for doing it!

    I bought a 4 piece fly rod blank from the shop in Matlock years ago. Bought the bits an bobs and made it up. The making went well and got on sort of OK with it, it was never a favourite, so it has been sat in the cupboard for quite a while.

    I re-read an old article in a spinning and plug fishing book about an ultralight spinning rod, the Wnaless Wand, and thought I could convert the old fly rod into a lightweight spinning rod.

    Having decided on 7ft as roughly the sort of length I was looking for I just used the top 3 sections of what was a 4 piece 9'6" 6 weight fly rod.

    A quick look though my rod building box told me all I reall needed was some thin cork for the handle and some new thread to complete the transformation.

    I found a set of ring spacings on the web, and dug out some old single leg Fuji's, and reel rings so that just left the handle. Tackle bargains had what looked like reasonable, small (22mm) diameter corks so we were all set.

    It needed to be able to cast light lures to be of any use, so anything from 5grms up to about 15 was the target.

    I was even able to snap up a lightweight 'vintage' Mitchell reel of ebay and re-built that at the same time. It was a bit of a gamble but I have to say it paid off and has become a very nice rod to use.

    On it's first trip out my 2 boat partners kept asking if it was OK to just have anotehr coupel of casts with the rod, it has that sort of appeal.

    Set up with 5lb line, on its first trip out it accounted for numerous perch and a small jack pike. the only worrying moment was when a 6lb or so pike grabbed the jack on the way in, luckily it let go when it saw us in the boat.

    So even old blanks can be put to use, I remain surprised by how well it all works, I will take some pictures if anyone wants to know more about it.

  2. #2
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    scotfly has recently built a 9' #4 4 piece using one of Hook and Hackle's kits.

    The instructions say the blank can be used for either a fly rod or a spinning rod, the only difference being whether you put the rings on the same side as the spine or on the opposite side - can't remember which is which though.

  3. #3
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    Yes, good point.
    I whipped the rings on the opposite side of the blank that the snakes had been on, hoping I got it right the first time of course

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