Rod building/repair!!! I have a newfound respect for ALL fishing rods after spending some hours this last weekend repairing 2 of my own. I've had some beat up trolling/stand-up rods sitting in my shop loft for 8 years or so; the rods were not broken but had missing guides, butt caps/gimbals, missing/broken rod tips. I had no clue how much work goes in to replacing ONE guide, not to mention 9 guides plus 3 tips. My fishing buddy used to wrap/build rods for income and felt sorry for me as I was just planning to tape the guides on the rod and sealing the tape somehow. No way! We spent 4 hours patching everything up and I spent 2 hours applying Flex Coat; didn't do a good job BTW as I finally stood them in a corner after 2 hours of spinning them and then saw later in the day that the finish ran/dripped a little.
Kinda fun. Saw lots of sites that sells complete kits, parts, etc. One thing for sure, if serious about getting into this, it's a requirement to get a rod lathe/dryer!!!