How to Find the Seam on Fly Rod Blanks

How to Find the Seam on Fly Rod Blanks
Fly rod blanks are generally created from a steel core wrapped in fiberglass or graphite. During the process, the blank develops a flexible and inflexible side. The inflexible side is referred to as the seam of the blank. It is also considered the better location to put the line guides.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fly rod blank
Step 1
Place the tip on the ground with the rod pointing up at a slight angle.
Step 2
Hold the bottom end of the pole, which is up in the air, loosely in your hand. Keep the pole at an angle.
Step 3
Push down on the blank slightly with your fingers to create a bow in the pole. Don't grip too hard or push down too quickly. The rod will turn so that the flexible side is up. This means the seam is on the bottom.
Step 4
Mark the seam with a pen so you know where to put the guides. It is best to have the guides on the seam side.
Step 5
Bend each piece separately if you have a pole that breaks down for travel. Mark each piece and put it together with all marks on the same side.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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