I decided that I wanted a 6wt rod for fishing for smallmouth on the windy days here in Kansas. I did some looking around and found a blue fast action rod blank from Hook and Hackle.
It turned out to be a wonderful rod to cast. Matched with a 6wt Orvis Hyros Bass line it will blast out 60 ft of line like its nothing.
Black and blue went very well togeather.
The stripping guide with blue insert
Black reel seat to go with black guides
Black winding check with blue wraps holding the hook keeper
Everyone needs a heavy rod for the ocassional trip to salt water so here is an 8ft spinning rod I built.
Saltwater spinning rod
silver and blue guide wraps
Surf style cork tape handle
I also built a medium action split grip spinning rod that I gave away on Twitter .
Split grip spinning rod in black and gold
If your in need of a new rod drop me an email or tweet and I can work with you to get you just what you need.
Ice fishing rods are a great platform for beginner rod builders to start with. They have few parts so they are quick to build and the cost is low. Here are a few builds I have done.
Graphite rod walleye rod with graphite tube handle
Tennessee style graphite handle
Translucent wraps on graphite.
A couple fiberglass ice rods
A couple different handles.
Blue and silver wraps
Dark blue and silver wrap pattern to match guide wraps
I first learned about rod building a few years ago. Being a fisherman and someone who loves making things I was drawn to it.
The first rod I build was a casting style rod for fishing live bait for catfish. I decided on a 7 ft. fiberglass blank because I like the durability and the action of the rod. I kept it simple with black and green wraps, EVA grip, and a catfish decal.
Black wraps with green trim
7ft Catfish rod
Simple handle for catfishing
Every time I hook a fish on this rod it brings a big smile to my face. It is soft enough to make playing the small fish fun but has enough back bone for the big one!
Over the next few posts I will be going over some of my rods I have built.
Saturday the tempature warmed up to the mid 50′s so I had to take a trip to fish for some freshly stocked trout.
I figured since they were fresh out of the tank the fish would eat a nymph. So I geared up and headed out.
The stream I decided to fish is the seep stream behind the dam at Kanapolis lake. It takes a mile walk to get to the good part.
My walk in did not go very well. About half way in my boot sole decided to delaminate its self.
Luckily I had some 20lb mono in my pack. A few wraps later and I was back in business.
So I got back to the fishing and it wasn’t long and I had a fish on.
I managed to catch a few out of each pool.
The last pool I fished I hooked into the biggest fish of the day. I would have never guessed it would be very big. It didn’t fight as hard as some of the smaller ones. It was a big old rainbow with torn up fins and ragged gill plates from too much life in a tank. I decided that its chance of surviving were slim so I decided to take it home and feed the family.
By this time it was really warming up and more people were showing up so I decided to head home.
It was a great first fishing trip of the year and I hope I have many more just like it.
Fishing in may part of the country has all but stopped. It’s that time of year when everything is frozen, but not enough to be safe to icefish. It is a great time of the year to watch wildlife. Milford Lake attracts many species of waterfowl and a few Bald Eagles.
I took a ride to Milford Lake during my lunch break to see if any Bald Eagles were around. The lake has a layer of ice over the majority of it. There was a large bird way out towards the middle but I didn’t have enough zoom to make out what it was.
Frozen Milford Lake
The spillway is only flowing 25cfs so it is also mostly frozen. The water that was open had ducks swimming and herons lined up along the edges.
Heron resting on the ice
A pair of Mallard ducks
Milford Nature Center is having it’s annual Eagle Day on Saturday January 18th. Bus tours for viewing will begin at 9:30am with the last tour at 3:30pm, leaving from the Nature Center parking lot.
I guess until it warms up I’ll be tying more flies and wishing for spring to get here so I can get back to fishing!
If you haven’t already done it, check out the latest issue of this great magazine directed at women flyfishers!
Kill some time and check out the newest This is Fly magazine!
Check out the great giveaways at Dub the Thorax blog. 3 years worth of info so do some reading while your there!
I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy the family and turkey!