4 Unique Tips for Nylon Thread Wraps

4 Unique Tips for Nylon Thread Wraps

Simple Tricks for Better Looking Guide Wraps 

Since rod building is what you make it, one of the coolest parts is creating exciting ways to customize each rod. While most rod components work to tune up performance, threadwork is where function meets true personal taste.

From the many available colors to the styles of wrapping, custom threadwork gives fishing rods a professional aesthetic to match its superior performance.

To improve Nylon Thread wraps, use the following tips for better finished results on your custom rod.

1. The Blank Color is the Background

Before you pick out your nylon thread colors, pay attention to the color of your rod blank and how each thread will change color based on the blank's background.


For instance, a red nylon thread looks very different on a white rod blanks as opposed to darker blanks like black and grey. The red will lighten up over the white blank, while turning more burgundy on the black blank and merlot over the grey.

So in order to get the appearance you desire on your finished guide wraps, consider how the nylon thread will look over your rod blank and then decide which color will provide the best results.

2. Turn Nylon Thread into Blank Color

Since nylon thread has a tendency to darken with the application of epoxy finish, many rod builders find blending the guide wraps to the blank color creates a sleek final look.

Besides phoning into Mud Hole's dedicated staff for advice, you can visually test the thread colors over your blank for a better look at the final color. Testing the thread prior to epoxying is the best way to be sure your thread color will truly disappear into the tone of the rod blank.


To test a nylon thread's finished color, simply wrap a segment on the rod blank and brush the thread wrap with a light coat of water. The water will simulate the effect that epoxy has nylon thread and darken to show a preview of the final appearance.

Check out Mud Hole's selection of premium Nylon Thread for Wrapping Rod Guides!

3. Make Wraps and Decorations Pop

While some rod builders actively look for colors that will blend seamlessly with the rod blank, others prefer threads that contrast the rod blank. Choosing a thread color that contrasts the rod blank leads to guide wraps that will really pop on the finished rod.

For many rod builders and customers alike, a sharp custom fishing rod has a color scheme that is subtle yet eye-catching. The easiest way to meet this aesthetic balance is to complement the rod blank and the guide wraps with contrasting colors.


Start out with lighter variation, put a little water to test final color and do test wrap under where handle will be. One key to remember is that lighter colors show up better on darker blanks while darker thread colors will stand out more on whiter or light colored blanks.

Carry out in sunlight to really test how the final wraps will appear.

Plus with over 80 colors of ProWrap Nylon Thread at Mud Hole, you can find the perfect, eye-popping color for your guide wraps!

4. Use Color Preserver to Maintain Original Hue

While understanding how a nylon thread's color will change after epoxy finish is important, it's also easy to apply color preserver to maintain the nylon's original aesthetic. For instance, ProSeal Color Preserver coats Nylon or Untreated thread so that the final threads maintain both their color and opacity.

During application, don't be alarmed by ProSeal's white appearance because it ultimately dries as a clear coat.


This special formula promotes thread penetration and can seal untreated threads in as little as one coat in preparation for epoxy finish.

Note: Really light colors may require multiple applications of ProSeal to stay true to the original color.

Nylon Threads Come in Many Colors


For all the thread colors you could think of, visit Mud Hole and pick out the perfect ProWrap Nylon Thread for your next custom rod! 

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