Reviewed by James Castwell
"This book is for amateurs, for an angler who'd like to
build his or her first fly rod, or who had problems with their
first one and would like his second one to come out a little
How about that? Here is a book by a guy who is not an expert,
at least he doesn't claim to be, refreshing idea. The cover states
that it is a 'complete step-by-step guide to making a high-quality
fly rod on a budget.' I suppose that some of the quality would
depend on the 'quality' of the parts you use, but in my opinion,
the instructions are certainly clear enough and if you follow them,
the rod will have some quality. Undoubtedly a bit more than my
first one did at least.
I was at first disappointed that the pictures were only black and
white. However they are so big that it doesn't matter. They may not
be as pretty, but you don't need 'pretty' to get the job done. There
are 225 step-by-step photos.
Speaking of getting a job done. He has. The book gives you all
you need to know in a very understandable format. He takes you
by the hand from each element clearly and precisely. I found
nothing left out.
The problem I see is this. You should have had this book when you
built your first rod. You didn't though and probably will not buy
this one now if you have not yet built a rod. You are too involved
with the cost of the blank, what kind, where to get it on sale,
and all of the other fittings to make it into a casting stick.
If you could justify the price of this book now you would have
a realistic first rod which you could be not only proud of, but
actually fish with and enjoy. That may be a radical idea, but
at least give it a moments thought. You probably want to see a
picture so here is one, one of the many which will help you
keep from making a mess of your second rod, or first if you
get this book.
Did the world need yet another book on how to build a rod? Weren't
there enough already, really good ones? Probably there were. But,
then again, who doesn't like to have the latest works on any
subject. If so, here it is and it will do the job. I am a bit
amused by part of the title, 'made easy' it says, well, perhaps
making a fly rod is easy. I think I should have a chat with Art
about that someday. Made correctly may be closer, and made
pleasurably as well. Check at your fly shop for it, if he doesn't
have it, well, at least you gave him a chance. ~ JC
Fly Rod Building Made Easy
8.5" x 11"
Softcover $24.95 U.S.
Published by Countryman Press
P.O. Box 748
Woodstock, Vermont 05091