How To Build A Custom Fishing Rod

How To Build A Custom Fishing Rod

Building your own fishing rod is much easier, and more affordable, than many fisherman think.

Plus, when you are done building your fishing rod, it will be one that is better quality than many ‘off the rack’ fishing rods, and will be crafted to your specifications, colors, highlights, and preferences.

There are many reasons to build and fish with a custom rod.  We covered that topic in another article called Why Fish With A Custom Fishing Rod, but here are some excerpts germane to this article.

Why Consider A Custom Fishing Rod?

Performance.  When you build a rod, the first thing you do is find the spine of the rod, which ensures your guides will be aligned correctly.  This gives your rod the absolute maximum power and performance, and is a clear advantage over factory made rods.

Weight.  Since you get to decide the components and accessories that do (or do not) get on your rod, you can really keep the weight down.  This may not matter if you are going fishing for an hour with a bobber and dough ball, but if you sling spinner baits all day, this will definitely add up to more enjoyable fishing conditions.

So let’s assume you want to take the next step and build a custom fishing rod.  Here are the basic steps involved in the rod building process.

Each heading is a link to that article, which goes covers that step in greater detail.  We also provide a video to give you an overview while you are here.

Steps To Build A Custom Rod


Step 1 – Finding The Spine


Step 2 – Building The Handle


Step 3 – Mounting The Reel Seat


Step 4 – Installing The Foregrip


Step 5 – Installing The Tip Top


Step 6 – Preparing The Rod Guides


Step 7 – Wrapping The Rod Guides


Step 8 – Applying The Guide Finish


Well, as you can see there are a number of moving parts to building a custom fishing rod.

Hopefully this article helped organize some thoughts.

If you have any questions, be sure to call one of our rod building techs.  Collectively, we have over a century of rod building experience, and love to talk to folks who may be just starting out.

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