Pick your guide wraps!
I've found a lot of folks have difficulty in deciding
this one - I guess it's like picking furniture or drapery or something...you
literally have unlimited possibilities. This is also where the artistry
of the rod builder comes into play.
You have every shade of the rainbow at your displosal.
In addition to standard nylon, there are also metallic threads as
well as braided threads that combine two colors in one thread (creates
an unusual pattern in the wrap). I work exclusively with Gudebrod
thread producs (as there hasn't been any need to ever go anywhere
else). You can view the Gudebrod
Color Chart to see what's available to you.
My suggestions in chosing your thread color are
as follows, you will either go conservative or liberal (no, not
a political joke). Basically, what most folks are used to are conservative
color schemes; it's what you see on most all production rods; colors
that "blend in" to the rest of the rod, i.e. gray wraps
on a black blank. Conversely, it may seem daring but often what
gets attention are the high contrast colors, i.e. yellow wraps on
a blue blank.
In any case, I've picked up a few things. First,
my tastes always lean to the conservative. Second, it's often a
good idea to match up colors with the other components on the rod.
I.e. use metallic gold thread when the hardware is gold, use metallic
silver with chrome etc. Third, especially in the high contrast colors,
having the thread color mirror something in the reel seat (if a
wooden insert) is ideal...i.e. yellow and garnet really bring out
the colors in tulipwood. Red looks dynomite with a Bloodwood insert.
Purpleheart Reel Seat? Perhaps purple wraps are in order?
Finally, the best bit of advice - EVERYTHING looks
good on a matte black blank. I can't say the same for the other
common blank colors (gloss green, gloss blue, gloss brown).
Again, anything you think of can be done. Many
poeple are happy to have me come up with the pattern.
My suggestion is to look through the rods I've
built, look around on the net, and just see what catches your eye.
Some folks simply like a wrap of one straight color. Others like
a main color and a trim color. Still others like really whacky stuff!
So, when looking at wraps, look at the PATTERN of the wrap (i.e.
two turns of trim color, two main color, two trim, the rest main).
Make note of patterns you like. Then, once you've picked the pattern,
you can apply your color choices to it and viola, your guide wrap
has been designed. I've included some sample wraps below to give
you an idea of straight colors and patterns with trim etc...
The best part about it? If you're unsure of what
you've selected, I can do a single wrap and show you how it looks.
You're not committed to the wrap until I've started building the
The ferrule is the female portion of a rod section
in a multi-piece rod. These are wrapped with thread and finished
to fortify the ferrule and help prevent it from splitting. It is
my normal recommendation that these wraps be made in a color that
is similar to the blank color (i.e. Navy Ferrule Wraps on a Gloss
Blue Blank). In the overall composition of the rod, there is a natural
progression of the guide wraps; especially in high contrast colors,
having the ferrule wrap follow the guide wrap throws off the spacing.
In other words, it just looks plain odd! I'm happy to wrap your
ferrules a differently, i.e. same as the guide wraps, just let me
know because otherwise I'm doing it my way ;)
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