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  1. #1
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    Default Thinking of building my first rod

    I am thinking of having a go at building my first rod.
    Has anyone done one of these and any opinions on the bloke fibre glass rods.
    Many thanks
    Brian.


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    Default Re: Thinking of building my first rod

    I have one of those kits, waiting for me to find the time to put it together, as my first build.
    I’d also be interested in the thoughts of anyone with experience of these, or any tips for a first build.
    Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last river poisoned, will we realise, we cannot eat money.

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    Default Re: Thinking of building my first rod

    @ arrow; I haven't used any of Mick Bell's glass but I have bought from him in the past and he was very helpful. Call him for a chat if you don't get the info you want here.

    @ morayfisher; When I started building last year I found some excellent posts here by David Norwich which give good, clear advice. They're well worth looking up as will be almost any 'First Build' thread here. The advice I've been given by so many members has been invaluable and the fact that you can ask direct questions makes the forum a far better resource than a diy book. There are some good whipping/epoxying vids on YouTube which helped, too. Start looking out for busted microwave ovens and salvage the turntable motors to make your own rod turners, again see YT for examples, but a cut cardboard box will suffice to start with. Good luck when you get to yours.

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    Default Re: Thinking of building my first rod

    A quick update,I spoke to Mick Bell who was very helpful and I have purchased a kit for a 7ft 3# and looking forward to giving it a go.


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