Fly Rod Building with Epic Ambassador Peter Corzilius as he shows how to find the spine (not spline) on a fly rod blank and mark out the guide spacings. For the demonstration Peter is putting together an Epic Ready to Wrap Fly Rod Kits - in this case, the Epic 370, 3 weight fly rod building kit. * This is often mistakenly referred to a "Splining" - which is incorrect, the correct term is Spining, i.e to find the spine.
A great method to help get good drag free drifts is to introduce some slack during the cast. There are many slack line casts but the Reach Mend is the most simple, if you tend to present your fly side on and at an angle to your fish - (and I suggest you do) then you’ll want to use this cast pretty much every time you throw a fly