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Toledo Magazine: Rod Building 101

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Rick Boehme Jr. wraps guides during a fishing rod building class at Netcraft in Maumee.

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Denny McLean, right, of Whitehouse, makes sure his guides are straight.

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Sandusky residents Carl Blazak, left, and John Lublow work on a fishing rod.

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Handle sections are shaped, fitted, and glued together.

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Tight-bound thread keeps guides in place.

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Flame singes any loose thread fibers.

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Repeated packing keeps thread snug, guides lined up.

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Handle patterns are accomplished by using multiple colors of threads and cross-weaving techniques.

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Handle patterns can be quite intricate.

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Epoxy protects threads from moisture.

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Guides are checked a final time.

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Rick Boehme Jr. is ready to use a fishing rod he made in Ted Lauber's rod building class.

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