Here's a tip from Volume 5 - Issue #1 issue of RodMaker magazine:
Coming from a component retailer, this tip might seem self-serving,
however it is with service in mind that I bring it up. It is
inevitable, Murphy's Law if you will, that when you are making a
rod under a tight deadline, you'll be missing a winding check, a tip
top, or one #1 snake. You know darn well you ordered the right
components, but the snakes were swatted off your bench by the cat
and landed in a shag rug, the tip-top turned out to be a size smaller
than you need (to spite the spec chart that you ordered from), and
the winding check, while nominally the correct diameter seems to be
a less than perfect fit.
Practiced rodmakers know a few ways to squeak by with non-ideal
components, but it would be nicer to use the proper stuff. Take
a good look at the rods you've made over the past two or three years.
Most likely, most will be rods of a similar scale - light fly rods,
heavy spin rods, whatever. If you plan to continue with your rodmaking
endeavors. . .then buy a handful of spare components which cover the
range of rods you normally make. Have two winding checks in ten sizes,
four tip tops in five sizes, and a dozen spare snake guides in each
size you normally use. The dollars you invest will be well rewarded
by the headaches you'll never have to battle. Russ Gooding
If you have any tips or techniques, send them
along! Help out your fellow rodmakers!
~ Publisher, FAOL