How to Wrap Fishing Rods

How to Wrap Fishing Rods
Fishing with a rod that you have built yourself is gratifying and adds to the overall angling experience. The wraps on the line guides of a rod provide an opportunity to add colors of your choosing and to ensure that the guides are secure. This will result in not only a beautiful custom rod, but also one that will last for years to come.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Metal file (fine)
  • Line guides
  • Guide wrapping thread
  • Rod builder's thread tensioner, or medium-size bowl and a book
  • Scissors (fine)
  • X-Acto knife or similar tool
Step 1
Assemble the rod blank. Use the fishing rod guide spacing chart that is available in the Resources section and mark the locations for the line guides.
Step 2
File down the burrs and edges from the feet of the guides, and also create a taper that will allow for a smooth transition as the thread is wrapped from the rod blank up onto the guide.
Step 3
Place the spool of thread in the tensioner. In the absence of this equipment, you may place the spool of thread in a bowl and provide tension by running the thread underneath a book. Achieve a tension that keeps the guide from slipping, but still allows you to adjust its position.
Step 4
Lay the rod horizontally, supporting it on either side of where you will be wrapping the guide. Wrap by first laying a short piece of the thread along the length of the guide foot. Cross the thread over itself, and then begin turning the rod slowly. This will allow you to control the thread placement. Wrap so that the thread goes over the rod blank and onto the guide feet evenly and symmetrically. Once you have wrapped about 1/8 inch, cut off the tag end of the thread.
Step 5
Wrap with the loose end of the thread now, all the way up the guide foot. Use the end of the thread that lies on the wraps you have already made to make a loop. This loop should extend back past the point where you begin wrapping. Then continue to wrap over this loop.
Step 6
Leave a 4-inch piece of thread when you are done wrapping, and cut off there. This piece will go back through the end of the loop. Maintain pressure on the wraps and pull the loop's tag ends. Draw the wrapping thread under itself until the tag end comes free. Pull the tag end of the thread to tighten the wraps. Cut the end with an X-Acto knife. Use this same method for the remainder of the line guides, and your rod-wrapping job is complete.

Article Written By Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.

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