Test placement on blank with help of rubber bands

They make it easier to move and to relocate the guides without remaining glue on blank as it might happen with masking tape

Photo/illustration: Jan-Ole Willers ©2015

User comments
From: Jan-Ole Willers · olewillers·at·web.de  Link
Submitted February 23rd 2009

Mark, Leo, Michel,

the small rubber band constructions that you can see in the pictures are no witchcraft and easily done:

Take some standard rubber rings like they are being used in offices, households and often also to keep together rod blanks. Depending on blank diameter different lengths might be correct. Usually I make out of one rubber band 2 or 3 strips, longer ones for the strippers in the buttsection and shorter ones further to the rod tip. The white stuff are very short pieces cut from cotton bud tubings. Melt both ends slightly to get a shape similar like you want to prepare a tube fly tubing. To avoid burnt fingers I put the tubing on the tip of some fly tying scissors. Give half a minute or so to cool down, stays longer soft and hot then it seems. To pull the rubber bands through the ear bud rings use some sewing thread or fly tying thread.

One more hint: When you want to move a guide up or down the blank for corrected placement lift the guide feet off the blank and do not move them directly on the blank to avoid scratches. Also guide feet which have been brought into a good shape might scratch the blank.

Hope everything is clear so far.


GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·globalflyfisher.com  Link
Submitted February 23rd 2009

Mark, Leo, Michel,

Ole hasn't replied to this yet, but I'm sure he will.

But as far as I can see this is simply pieces of rubber band and some kind of narrow tube or pearl. It should be easy to replicate with exactly that - fat rubber bands from any office supply and pearls or tubing from any craft store - or even small pieces of fly tube from your flyshop.
Cut the rubber and the tube into suitable pieces, thread some mono through the tubes and pull the rubber through in a loop. Make sure the friction is suitably high and you have something, which resembles Ole's small thingamajigs.


From: Michel · midi.robert·at·videotron.ca  Link
Submitted February 22nd 2009

I have the same question.
Can the rubber band construction that you show be purchased? If not, will you reveal the source for the materials?
It seems to be a real good way to hold the guides por preparation.

ichel Robert

From: Leo J. Horvath · lhorvath·at·centurytel.net  Link
Submitted February 19th 2009

Can the rubber band construction that you show be purchased? If not, will you reveal the source for the materials?
Thank you for any help you might give me.
Jim Horvath

From: Mark J. Mire · mjmire·at·carolina.rr.com  Link
Submitted June 26th 2007

Can you please tell me how and the material used to make your rubber band construction?

Thank you for your time,

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