Checkerboard cork handles really make a custom fishing rod unique, and it is actually a fairly straight forward process. With just a few tools and a little bit of practice, you will have limitless design possibilities when building your next custom fishing rod handle.
Trim wraps are a decorative thread pattern typically used around the edges of your guide wraps.
Ideally, you would use a contrasting nylon thread or metallic thread for this. For example, if you are using black guide wrap, then you may choose a red or gold thread for your trim wrap.
Ice fishermen have very unique rod requirements in that they often need to be able to land fish in very tight surroundings. I guess that is another way of saying ice fishermen use really short rods.
So, the first step in deciding what rod you probably should use is to determine what type of fish you are targeting.