Easy Instructions for Wrapping Fishing Rod Guides

Learn how to wrap guides for smooth, sleek results that impress all your fishing friends.

Step 1: Start your Thread Wrap

In the beginning of the thread wrap, start about 1/4 inch or so (this distance is personal preference) from the guide, and set up your HWS-1 Hand Wrapper to wrap left to right.

Wrap the thread once around the blank and on the second wrap around, carefully place your finger on the blank where the two threads meet.

Note: ProWrap Rod Winding Thread is perfect for guide wraps because it comes in a variety of colors and has incredible tensile strength to match.

Holding those threads in place, slowly rotate the rod to simultaneously cross the running thread over the tag end that you started with. Basically, you are cross-stitching an X pattern to lock the thread in place.

Step 2: Trim Off Thread’s Tag End

After approximately eight wraps, stop and trim the remaining length of the tag end off as close to the wraps as possible.

To trim the thread flush to the wrap, lay a razor blade flat against the wrap with the blade facing the tag end and pull the tag end over the razor blade.

Note: If you are new to thread wraps, do some practice wraps before executing the real thing for better finished results.

Step 3: Continue Wrapping Thread

Continue wrapping while constantly monitoring that each wrap is tightly seated next to the previous wrap. Use a burnishing tool to keep wraps tight and neatly packed together.

Next be cautious as you wrap the transition from rod blank up onto the guide foot. This is where it is easy to make the mistake of allowing the threads to sit on top of each other rather than next to each other.

Step 4: Make a Loop
When you get about 1/8 inch from the end, take a small piece of thread and fold it over into a simple loop.

Slide the loop under the running thread (the loop goes in the same direction you are wrapping), making sure it’s tight to your wrap.

Complete your wrap over the loop, roughly 5 times. Then, put one finger on the top of the wrap, and use your other hand to cut the running thread from the spool.

Step 5: Lock Down Thread Wrap

After cutting the thread from the spool, grab the tag end you just created and slip it through the loop.

Gently pull the loop back through the wraps until both the loop and the tag end of your thread come through.

Finally, grab your razor blade and trim the tag end in the same manner as the initial tag end and the wrap is done.

Step 6: Apply Epoxy Finish

Just apply an epoxy finish like ProKöte, let it cure a full 24 hours, and your fishing rod will be ready to go!

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