Create Your Own Trim Bands in 9 Easy Steps

Trim bands are a unique type of thread work that although serve no structural purpose, do add a personal and decorative touch to your custom build.


Most of the time metallic thread or other contrasting colors of nylon are used to help the trim band really pop. For example, if you are using a black nylon wrap then you can use a red or silver metallic trim band for contrast.

In regards to size of the thread used in a trim band, most are either matching the size of the thread used in the guide wrap or one size smaller. This is not something that is set in stone and typically when custom rod builders step outside the box, they do their best work.

Supplies and Tools Needed


Before beginning a trim band here are a few tools to make it go smoother, and are pictured below with the thread.

Thin Diameter Tube — a coffee straw or even a tooth pick is perfect for this.

Masking Tape — use the tape to place the coffee straw to the blank


Burnishing Tool — to finish off the trim bands and pack them tight against the guide wrap.

Contrasting Thread — typically you want to find a color or a metallic that will contrast the nylon guide wrap.

Get everything you need with the Trim Band Creation Kit from Mud Hole Custom Tackle.

Next Steps

Once you have this technique down, you can add as many different trim bands and colors as you want. You can use this technique for trim bands for up to 10 wraps, after that we recommend using the hand/power wrapper for the trim bands.

You can also check out the Trim Band Creation Kit from Mud Hole Custom Tackle. It is a really easy way to get everything you need to start wrapping your own trim bands!

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