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I wanted a travel size fishing rod to carry in a saddle bag or back pack.  Because no matter which way I go to work I ride right past at least one boat ramp with a fishing pier.  Then I got sticker shock when I checked out the prices.  Found a couple that were a little cheaper but sounded like they were too light weight for me.  Then it hit me... why not make my own.  I had an older two piece rod in the garage that could be my starting point all that was needed was to cut it and make a four piece rod.  Total cost was around $15.  Here's how you can do it too.

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Step 1: Pick your rod to modify.

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Ok, so I had this older two piece rod in my garage that was still a good rod, but one I didn't mind chopping to try and make it better. The overall rod length was around 53" and separated the two sections were about 27". Not bad but to fit in my saddle bag it had to be less than 18" when separated.

Step 2: Making the cut

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Ok, now let's mark where we want to cut our rod.  Once you've got that, wrap your rod with several layers of masking tape, this will keep the rod from splintering when you cut it.  Then re-mark for your cuts.  Using a hacksaw and holding your rod firmly make your cuts, unwrap the ends and now you have four pieces.
nice red green quote at the end there, and remember if the women don't find you handsome they should find you handy :)
Nice cat, I see you had trouble photographing when you did your instructable also in my instructable repairing fishing rods I gave up trying to video the whipping on the rod after the third try and photographed step by step on a wooden dowel.
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A little advice here stainless steel hanging wire it doesn’t oxidize or notch from the line.
Cotton thread rots easy, has a fluffy surface making the whipping rough when lacquered and it is not as strong as nylon. Before nylon older fishing rods were made from silk thread for the same reasons. I use upholstery thread it is thicker than regular thread and as strong as 25lb test fishing line.
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djzadjza3 years ago
great 'ible and nice fish
WareShoals (author)  djzadjza3 years ago
Thanks. The next step is to build a carry case. Stay tuned. ws.
Ill be sure to check that out
splazem3 years ago
I have one of these, and it's so helpful! Awesome job!
rayp15113 years ago
Nice work! Good looking Pooch too.
Great instructable. Thank you for sharing.
zazenergy3 years ago
Great project and very clearly presented. Awesome work!