Fly Rod Case

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Project by crmitchell posted 02-10-2013 04:38 PM 1580 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have built several of these for my vintage bamboo fly rods. This one is done with 3/16” thick maple strips, alternated with lacewood. Getting the 60 degree bevel on long thin strips was a challenge, then had to design a jig for the glue-up.

A second challenge was the brackets for the leather handle. They are made of 3/16 brass rod. Filed 45 degree notches, heated, bent and silver soldered. Made the plates of 1/16 brass and soldered the rods in.

Some of the cases have a brass plate on top with initials engraved.

Really a classy way to carry an antique rod on the trips to Montana.


1. The bevel on the strip edges is actually 30 degrees. On all the half dozen of these I have done, I did on the table saw, veeerrryy carefully and without incident. Just a sacrificial fence touching the table, featherboards front and back, and a zero clearance throat insert. There is probably a better way, but this worked.

2. The simple glue-up jig consists of 30 degree support blocks spaced about 6” apart. I made 2, one with the blocks on one side, and the other with blocks on both sides. On the early ones I used thin brads to hold the strips for drying. On the later ones used a pin nailer and holes are almost invisible.

Someone mentioned using tape, similar to glueing up a box. I have done boxes successfully using tape, but trying it on a case 38 or 40” long with 6 sides would present a real challenge.

3. The outside width of the strips on this one is 1 1/4”. This yields a case large enough to hold 2 3 piece rods with 2 tips in cloth cases (see photo). If my memory is good, which is getting rare, a 1” strip width yields a case for a single rod.

Hope this helps.

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#1 posted 02-10-2013 04:42 PM

Very beautiful case, I’d love to see the glue up jig

Thanks for posting

-- Paul

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#2 posted 02-10-2013 05:10 PM

Nice fly rod case

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#3 posted 02-10-2013 05:27 PM

Good job. A case like that would work for pool ques as well.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 02-10-2013 06:18 PM

Ultra-cool! I’d love to carry my Orvis graphite rods to a local stream in a case like that; but, then I’d have to make a canvas case to protect such a fancy wood case. Thanks for sharing. Is there any chance you might be willing to share the design for the special jig you came up with to cut 60 degree bevels on the thin strips?

P.S. Great job on your handle brackets.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 02-10-2013 09:38 PM

Very nice indeed, I used to guide fly fishing trips on the Elk River in BC, and the mighty Bow River in Calgary. It was a hobby of mine, I did have a real job and was fortunate it was shift work.

I think that your rod cases would be perfect for gifts for the fly fisher who has everything. Very nice!

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#6 posted 02-10-2013 10:07 PM

Great job!

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#7 posted 02-11-2013 03:11 AM

that’s pretty sweet

-- Joel

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#8 posted 02-11-2013 03:19 PM

Nice! Love it! I build custom rods and that would be a nice additional custom touch. My son gave me the outside width of the strips for a case but I can’t find the figures. Have to ask him again. Or….......will you share that info? Does 1-3/4 inch wide sound about right????
Let me add something here. I saw someone glue up a hex box. Several strips of masking tape were laid out on a workbench. The strips of wood were laid out on the tape, outside down. Glue was applied to the edges of the wood and the whole thing was rolled up like a jelly roll and secured with the tape. Hope this makes sense.

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#9 posted 02-12-2013 03:05 PM

Awesome case! Very cool to carry that one, like the beautiful wood, hardware and the leather handle. Great work!

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#10 posted 02-12-2013 05:19 PM

Great project

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