Eagle Claw Fly Rod
Spey Rod Butt
Arrow Shaft
Two 5 Minute Epoxys
Masking Tape
Gloves and Drop Cloth (optional but helpful)

Dremmel with Cut-Off Disc or Hacksaw

One thing I should have mentioned in the video. Be careful if you use a Dremmel tool to cut the hardware it will heat up fast! Be careful and have fun.If you have any questions contact us on Facebook or leave a comment below.
Special thanks to This River is Wild for the idea.


  1. Looks like a cool project. Thanks for the info. Very informative and entertaining.

  2. Replies
    1. The fighting butt came from Cabelas. It was online only and they may also have more options via their rod building catalog. This one is a pretty good match with the fore-grip I updated the materials list with links to make it easier to track down some of the items.

  3. Great looking project, I just ordered 2 rear grips from cabelas to make my own, what grain of line did you use for the eagle claw? Or did u just use your 5wt trout line with a sink tip added? Also how did it handle and throw the line, not being a real switch I was wonder how it casted. Thanks for the video, can't wait to make it.

  4. I've only taken it out one time so far to play with and that day it was very gusty so I feel like I need to give it some time before making any recommendations. I over lined it with a 6 weight WF line and I hated how it was casting. I will try to post an update soon. Let us know how your build goes!

    1. Got my grips this morning, and had the rod built by noon. Took longer than expected, I used an 8.5 ft 5 wt eagle claw black claw rod that I picked up for $19.99 at walmart. Two things that slowed me down was A) the blank didn't go down to the end of the rod, it was about 3 inches from the bottom. Now I didn't want to cut that much off so I drilled a pilot hole and then made a large enough hole to work with. B) the arrow was actually a bit bigger than the blank, so it would only slid in about half way of the handle of the rod, but after sanding it down (about 4 inches) it slid all the way in great. Tried casting my 5 wt line and it sucked. I don't think it's the rod, in fact I'm sure it's not, just have to get the right line for it to use as a switch. I'll be making more for some friends, got 2 orders all ready. Thanks

    2. Sounds awesome. Post some pics on our facebook! https://www.facebook.com/UntamedOutdoorsCo

  5. This looks like a neat project. One thing I wasn't clear on from the video was what measurement are you using?

    1. Basically seat the arrow shaft in the rod end and decide how much you want to stick out the top to join both parts. I haven't built multiple versions, so I couldn't tell you if there is an optimal length. I would guess 4-6 inches would be plenty as long as you have enough epoxy to keep it from moving inside the blank when you cast.