The Graphite Fly Rod Building-How to Build a Modern Classic

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The Graphite Fly Rod Building-How to Build a Modern Classic

By Russ Gooding

Tightline Productions, 2007

Disc One - 1 hr 43 min

  • The Classic Aesthetic
  • Natural Components
  • Design Theme
  • Finding the spine
  • Dry fit grip and reel seat
  • Glue grip and reel seat
  • Tape reel seat arbors
  • Guide placement
  • Mounting the tip top
  • Guide foot preparation
  • Preparing to wrap the guides
  • Secure winding check
  • Stripping guide primary wrap
  • Stripping guide tipping wrap

Disc Two - 1 hr 50 min

  • Snake guide primary wraps
  • Snake guide tipping wraps
  • Smallest snake wrap
  • Tip top wrap
  • Ferrule wrap
  • Tender/check wrap
  • Signature wrap
  • Apply color preserver
  • Preparing to epoxy wraps
  • First coat of epoxy
  • Between coat corrections
  • Second coat of epoxy
  • Polishing the rod
  • Inking the rod
  • Executing feather inlays

Russ started making custom graphite rods nearly seventeen years ago, attaining some notoriety for his feather inlays before
shifting his focus to split-cane rods. After serving an apprenticeship under Daryll Whitehead, the renowned west coast rodmaker,
Russ moved to Pennsylvania where where he and Erica expanded Golden Witch Rods into Golden Witch Technologies, Inc.
In addition to making rods and overseeing the development of the GW catalog, Russ works to educate the curious about rodmaking.
He has written many articles for RodMaker Magazine in the past. He spent a year on staff with Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Magazine.
He has been a technical advisor to PowerFibers, the bamboo community's e-zine. He wrote and participated in an hour-long "PCN Tours"
TV show produced and aired by the Pennsylvania Cable Network. This show tracked a raw culm of bamboo through the GW rod shop to
the finished rod. Later this narrative was expanded and improved to form the basis of the GW rodmaking video series.