Wednesday, January 9, 2013

EAGLE CLAW SWITCH ROD BUILD
























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

TOOLS:
Vise
Pliars
Drill
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.

11 comments:

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

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    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.

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  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.

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  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!

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    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

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

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

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    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.

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