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by ninja115 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:17 am
Piece of bamboo. They float too. Put some kind of end cap on it otherwise it will split and fray with use. Spiral wrap some 1/4" rope and cover with electric or duct tape for a textured handle. I had mine laying in the garage for years, It was about 3/4-1" in diameter and 5' long and dont know where it came from originally. You could drill a hole in one side near the top(not all the way through both sides) then push a piece of rope through and tie a knot and you have a leash that doesn't have any loops in it.
by georgeb » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:01 pm
I read in one of the flyfishing mags that an old hockey stick with the end cut off works well. The end was cut off and shaped to a point and hardened with a flame. There seems to be old sticks in a lot of garages!
good fishing friends, george b
by REG » Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:48 am
Another vote for an old ski pole. If some of your wading includes traversing soft mud/clay, the basket on the ski pole can help from it sinking in too much and/or too quickly.
I must say the other suggestions are very good also.
by staffman » Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:11 am
I ,in the past, made wading staffs with rod holders in them so that I never had to put my rod on the ground where it could be stepped on and it kept my reel clean as well. I used oak for the centre piece and drilled a 1.5 inch hole through it. I used a 4 inch brass drain connection and secured it with caulking in the hole. I used a 7/8 inch dowel for the shaft and handle. I used a 5/16 piece of metal bar stock in the bottom so that I could push it in the ground when setting up my rod or unhooking a fish.
by rippinlips » Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:02 pm
Thanks to all. Took the best of both worlds. Had old aluminum poles from downhill skiis and a pair of bamboo from x-country skiis used in the 70's. Bamboo ones are really light and should work great!
by Equinox » Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:14 pm
I made one out of a downrigger rod that had a broken tip section, it has an EVA foam grip with a large diameter that's comfortable to hold on to.
Plus I made a bracket that fits in the reel seat and has 2 pieces of pvc for a rod holder when I am on the beach casting in the salt water.
The rod had an aluminum ferrel which will make it last longer right along with the fact that I took size D Thread and wrapped the bottom 12" of the rod and put a few coats of high build epoxy to
strengthen and protect the blank.
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