Image building a fly rod with the goal of fishing in two day, you test the FLY ROD TIP TOP and discover it doesn’t fit.
Fly Rod Tip Top Installation – First
The first thing you do once you get your fly rod kit is to test fit the rod tip. Twice I’ve been in the process of building a fly rod and discovered I had to pay $12 bucks to expedite a $2.00 rod tip. With a proper fitting Tip Top you can proceed into the BUILD STEPS.
This is a super simple operation, if you do this first you’ll have time to contact a supplier and get another fly rod tip top. A good source for getting tip tops is MudHole
Sizing a Fly Rod Tip Top Tube and Ring
The most important measurement for sizing a tip top is the TUBE SIZE. These are called out in 64th’s of an inch. So a #5 has a 5/64” tube diameter. You measure the tube diameter by using calipers. Mine measure is thousandths of an inch which converts to 64ths by dividing by 0.0156. So a .07” diameter = ~ 5/64ths. Or a size #5.
Most of the time suppliers sell only two ring sizes regular and large.
Thanks, Check out the BUILD STEPS where I’ll cover fly rod tip top installation.