Wrapping the guides (also known as binding the guides) is an integral part of the rod building process. This not only binds the guides onto the rod but also is where most rod builders get to add their own personal touch to their rods. There are a number of different bind or wrap styles to create unique looking wraps. In this course, we focus on a basic single colour wrap. If you are interested in other types of wraps please see the Advanced Lessons section of the course.
When taping the guides on try and use a thin strip of tape so that a large portion of the foot is still available to wrap.
For a two footed guide ensure the larger foot is facing down the blank.
When wrapping you will need to “feel” the right pressure or tension in the thread. If you apply the right pressure and hold the thread just slightly angling back (to the left). You should be able to get a nice tight wrap.
U Build Rods suggests using a braid pull through as they are stronger and thinner than the wrapping thread. It will be easier to pull back through and there is less risk of the pull through breaking and needing to unwind to place a new pull through. Alternatively to a braid pull through you can use a piece of thread. Cut about a 20cm length and tie it into a loop and use in place of a braid.
IMPORTANT: Do not wrap up the leg. This creates a large gap underneath the thread which compromises the quality of the wrap and can lead to excess water intrusion and there is more chance of the wrap becoming loose and needing to be replaced.
For these steps it is good to work on the top or opposite side to the guide so it can’t get in your way.
If you are using a blade to cut the thread. Use the same process but hold the blade flat against the wrap where the tag end comes out and pull the tag end back against the blade to cut it.
The wrap for this guide is now complete.