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harvey lee

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I find ice rods much harder to wrap. You do need to have a jig or rod holding device with supports that are much closer together. Real flimsy fiberglass panfish blanks are an extra pain. But the brightside is that your only talking 2-4 guides plus the tip...

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The tip (I often use a single leg guide as the tip) and the first and sometimes second guide can be a real pain to wrap. I use thin masking tape to hold the guide on and an extra v-support near the end as well as loosen the tension a bit.

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They are a little more of a pain. But like Dark Cloud said there are far fewer guides to deal with on an Ice Rod. I have made fair amount of Ice Rods for my self and others, and you get a system going after a few. Adjustable support is highly desirable, as is a high tolerance for some frustration wink

Speaking of Ice Rods, almost time to head out to the Big V grin

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They can be difficult. On my “V” block bench I can put all three supports in a 24” span witch helps a lot. This is also the only time I glue the guides to the blank using low temp hot glue. The guide feet are so short its hard to use tape.

I also use a fly tying bodkin for the thread for more control.

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Tom- I have never done a summer rod, but have made 6 for myself over the years... I never really had a problem with smaller blanks, I use a dab of hot glue to hold the guide in place, and have never had an issue.

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