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Published: 3/25/2012


Toledo Magazine: Rod Building 101

Local fishermen tackle detailed work to create their own gear. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW.

Rick Boehme Jr. wraps guides during a fishing rod building class at Netcraft in Maumee. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Handle sections are shaped, fitted, and glued together.
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Tight-bound thread keeps guides in place. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Tight-bound thread keeps guides in place.
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Flame singes any loose thread fibers. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Flame singes any loose thread fibers.
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Repeated packing keeps thread snug, guides lined up. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Handle patterns are accomplished by using multiple colors of threads and cross-weaving techniques.
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Handle patterns can be quite intricate. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Handle patterns can be quite intricate.
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Epoxy protects threads from moisture. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Epoxy protects threads from moisture.
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Guides are checked a final time. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rick Boehme Jr. is ready to use a fishing rod he made in Ted Lauber's rod building class.
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