Ok, this is the part that's largely artistry, and
also one of the big things that really get attention. Decorative
wraps are just that, they serve no purpose. Generally, these wraps
are pointless on ultra-conservative rods - they'd just blend right
in. If you're going with a high-contrast color scheme, decorative
wraps look amazing.
The decorative wrap most commonly seen on my rods
are Diamond (aka Cross) wraps. A slight variation on the Diamond
Wrap are Cheveron wraps. However, there are many other decorative
wraps out there, including weaves. These weaves are generally time
consuming and not worth the price on most fly rods (the blank is
too thin for it to show up well).
Generally decorative wraps are based on the colors
of the guide wraps, although sometimes additional colors are added.
There is definitely no standard formula - the best way to do plan
these is to start by looking at other ones and see what you like.
Most diamond wraps take between a half hour to two hours depending
on the complexity and LENGTH of the wrap. I've included some diamond
Yes, there are other ways you can decorate and
personalize your rods. Feather Inlays are a common technique. Another
easy decoration to add are decals. These can be placed directly
on the rod blank OR over a finished base of thread (it looks great
when done on a base of black thread). Again, anything is possible.
Some brown and rainbow trout decals are show below.
Netcraft for all the good decals available.
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