Bamboo Fly Rod Ferrule-Making 101

If it were easy, everyone would do it!  Making ferrules for bamboo fly rods out of 18% Nickel Silver is a lot of work.  That’s why we make them in large lots!  (Yes, and it’s also one good reason you’re still waiting on your rod order.)

Made of A75200, (that’s what the techies call German Silver) these ferrules are the product of a series of draws that have reduced their diameters greatly from the “mother tubing”.

Run of Size 14 ferrules

Run of Size 14 ferrules

A further advantage of drawn tubing over ferrules machined from bar stock is that the “grain” of the metal is aligned in the same direction as the ferrule is joined and unjoined.  Makes for a slicker fit.

We make a run of a 125 or so of each size ferrules.  That can get tedious, but it is the only way to build these little guys without going crazy.  But….that’s 375 males that have to be made.  And each one of the males gets slit 6 times…..

Each part gets slit 6 times for hexes

Each part gets slit 6 times for hexes

And how do you hold these little pieces while you solder them?  You have to make special jigs to accommodate the fact that you don’t have a third hand growing out of the middle of your chest. This little gizmo works like a champ:

High-tech Gizmo...Pusher-Inner

High-tech Gizmo...Pusher-Inner

Posted by on December 5th, 2008

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