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FSB-5 from MudHole

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Ive made up my mind to start rod building.  At the moment all I know is what Ive learned by watching hours of you tube.   I am looking at the MudHole FSB -5 package.  Is this the right way to go?  While my pockets aren't stupid deep, I don't like to take short cuts and wind up frustrated by sub par equipment.    Any thoughts / insight is appreciated and thank you in advance.  

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Maybe someone with one of those kits will chime in, but I don't use one so I can't say how much easier it would be to build rods with one than without one.  Have you built a few rods and see a need for one of those kits? I only build for my own enjoyment and don't see the need for that kit for me. The stands and turning motor would be nice but it can surely be done without. I would not have a use for the finish mixing bowl and the spline finding tool. Good luck.

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Ive never built a rod....i started making lure a year ago and figured this would be the next step in my angling addiction....it doesn't look to hard but choosing the correct components is a but confusing to me......i really want to avoid expensive mistakes.....thanks for the reply

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I would recommend you don't buy any tools until you build your first rod. Learn to pull NYLON thread through the pages of a heavy book to keep tension on the thread. Learn to secure the thread with the proper positioning of the ends of the thread. All this can be found on youtube videos. Get some 20-30 minute epoxy to use over your wrappings. If you have an old rod that needs work, strip the eyes off and rewrap it. This will let you know what tools you need and you can see where you need to improve.

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I have only built three rods, but I bought a turn-key rod kit from Mudhole that was on sale for $161.99. It came with all the parts for one rod and the FSB-2 kit. I am satisfied with what I purchased. If I were going to build professionally or do a lot of butt wraps, I might upgrade to a power wrapper on tracks.

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