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THE GRAPHITE FLY ROD: HOW TO BUILD A MODERN CLASSIC
Author: Russ Gooding
Publisher: Spruce Creek Fly Company, Jan 2008
An established master with bamboo, Russ Gooding of Golden Witch Technologies, takes the classic bamboo rod building aesthetic and translates it to the modern graphite blank. This comprehensive guide to building a graphite fly rod focuses on a 7'6" 4-weight, but the tools and techniques used can be applied to a wide range of fly rods. 2 DVD set; 213 min.
A great deal of effort went into making this program as straightforward as possible so even a total novice builder will be able to build a fly rod that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. With that said, the program is also so loaded with tips and tricks, that even an advanced rod builder is sure to learn something new. Few builders are as accomplished at executing feather inlays as Russ Gooding and they have become one of his trademarks. In this program, he'll take you through the process step by step.
In this day and age of mass-produced fly rods, wouldn't it be nice to have one made with your own two hands? A rod with your own personal signature wrap, or a rod whose wraps are the colors of your alma mater? A fly rod your children or grandchildren would be proud to have passed down to them? But we're not talking about a piece of "never take out of the tube rod art" here, we're talking about a fly rod that is meant to be fished. If you follow the steps outlined in this video program, the end result will be a fly rod that is beautiful, personal, and will rival the performance of any rod on the market today.