20 of the Best Rod Building Gifts Under $20

These are the top 20 gifts under $20 guaranteed to be on your favorite rod builder’s wish list.

Give the Gift of Custom Rod Building

Since Mud Hole has the largest inventory of custom rod building components, it can be challenging to find exactly what to give as a gift. But that’s why we assembled this exclusive wish list of the best gifts to give a rod builder and for the best price.

Check out this list to make your shopping as easy as counting from 1 to 20:

Rod Building Gifts:

1. CRB Blank Extension Tool

Although fishing with a multi-piece rod doesn’t feel any more difficult than using a one-piece rod, there are some added aspects of building a multi-piece rod that can get tricky. Since a complete multi-piece rod becomes quite long, it makes wrapping and finishing the assembled rod much more challenging.

Whether wrapping the ferrules or finishing a segment of the multi-piece fishing rod, the CRB Blank Extension Tool is the perfect asset to help you overcome these custom rod building challenges.

The idea of ferrule wraps is rather simple however, the completion is a bit more complicated. Considering it works best to center the wrap on a rod blank, it’s difficult to do this when lacking the adequate length to work.

In the past, this made ferrule wraps a real pain, but now with the CRB Blank Extension Tool, ferrule wraps are easier than ever. All you need to do is insert the tool into the rod segment you are working on, set it in your CRB stand, and use it as a sturdy wrapping aid for perfect ferrule wraps every time.

You can even chuck up the Blank Extension Tool into your rod dryer!

The CRB Blank Extension Tool’s tapered design works to easily accommodate any rod blank with an inside diameter between .20” and .35”. This allows you to fit each section of the multi-piece rod onto the CRB Blank Extension Tool and then precisely work on wrapping and finishing its guides.

Grab a Blank Extension Tool to make building multi-piece rods a breeze!

2. CRB Extreme Reamer

Reaming is one of the basic steps to building every fishing rod, yet not everyone has the right tools to ream successfully. The CRB Extreme Reamer comes in 4 different outside diameters to fit any rod blank, so you can choose the right one for your build.

The extreme reamer is the greatest commercial reamer available because of it’s design, durability, and functionality. These versatile solid glass reamers are designed to work as a hand reamer for the delicate work or to be chucked up in your drill for jobs requiring a more heavy-duty approach.

All Reamers come standard with 50 Grit abrasive. This and the 32 grit abrasive tape are available in 25 foot replacement rolls.

Extreme Reamer Lengths & Outside Diameters:

EXR-S 14″ 0.215″ – 0.360″

EXR-M 14″ 0.340″ – 0.475″

EXR-L 14″ 0.495″ – 0.575″

EXR-XL 14″ 0.550″ – 0.700″

3. CRB Cork Ring Holder and Base Kit

The CRB Cork Ring holder and Base is an easy to use tool that simplifies the custom handle building process.

Made from Durable ABS Plastic the unique design of the Cork Ring holder and Base allows builders to control cork rings safely and securely during the reaming process.

This Combo kit increases reaming efficiency, accuracy and speed with it’s unique design that works with most drill press platforms.

Especially when using a power drill or in a drill press without having to sacrifice speed or efficiency. When working with 1 1/4″ Cork Rings, the CRB Cork Ring Holder is a tool you need closeby!

4. CRB Steel Turning Mandrels

Looking to turn your own custom grips? Then these Steel Turning Mandrels are a great tool to start with.

These mandrels are made of 18″ Oil hardened steel with 60° taper in each end for a live center. These mandrels have been designed for turning cork and EVA handles with the ultimate precision and success.

Each mandrel includes a pair of adjustable, removable collars to secure your handle in place while you shape it.

5. CM18 Straight EVA Grips (18” Length)

Take your custom build to the next level with these incredible colored EVA grips.

These awesome EVA Grips are available in 20 eye-catching colors and multiple inner diameters to suit your rod build.

Just choose your favorite color and shape your grip to make your custom rod really stand out!

CM18 Color Options

6. Pro Products Single Rod Epoxy and Glue Kit

If you need just enough epoxy and glue to finish one rod build, this Single Rod Epoxy and Glue Kit is designed for you!

This kit is the perfect solution for hobbyists and beginners who want the right amount of finish and glue to complete a single custom rod.

Each kit includes 2 packets of ProGlue epoxy glue (6g each) , 2 packets of ProKote medium build thread finish (6g each), 3 mixing cups, 3 mixing sticks and 2 finish brushes.

7. Pro Products 4-Rod Supply Kit

Supply kits are a great way to stock up while saving money, especially this 4-Rod Supply Kit.

This kit is the perfect solution for hobbyists and beginners who want enough finish and glue to complete up to 4 custom rods.

Each kit includes 2 ounces of ProPaste epoxy glue, 24ml of ProKote medium build thread finish (in preloaded syringes), 4 mixing cups, 4 mixing sticks, 4 finish brushes and a stick of tip-top adhesive.

8. EVA Spinning Handle Kits

Looking for an easy way to build your handle assembly and see what it will look like – before you buy it?

Well, now you can!

Build your handle with the performance to help land fish and the comfort to keep you on the water. Whether you are a classic cork angler or looking for the leading edge material like carbon fiber, design your own custom grips for real results on the water.

You feel the bite, you set the hook, and you hold on…

In this moment, nothing beats the grips that have your back when fighting that next big catch. Confidence in handling fish is just as important as hooking them.

Mud Hole has put together ideal shapes and lengths in Full EVA configurations to get the most out of your freshwater rod build. These custom grips chosen by you, for you and the true key to keeping up peak performance.

Build for Comfort, Fish for Performance

Check out these customizable spinning handle kits in Ultralight, Light Freshwater, Rods Up To 7′, and Rods Over 7′.

From 6″ to 10″ rear grips matched with a fore grip, reel seat, butt cap and winding checks you have everything you need to assemble your handle.

9. MHX WinnDry Fishing Rod Grips

These MHX Winn Grips feature Winn’s patented WinnDry polymer material along with the highest level of performance, comfort, and style possible. Providing a tacky, non-slip texture that thrives in all weather conditions, MHX Winn Grips outperform all other concepts on the market.

The texture varies across the grip to guide your hand in place without having to take the time to look down. Furthermore, the texture brought by MHX and Winn allows anglers to confidently cast knowing that they have the upmost control.

This confidence and control translates to stark increase in casting length and accuracy. Even in cold and wet climates, these grips excel all performance expectations without sacrificing comfort.

With a strategic shape that fits into the contours of an angler’s palm, MHX Winn Grips add an unparalleled comfort to any fishing rod. Starting wide before tapering down as the grip extends up to the reel seat, this comfortable design controls the fight with that big fish and outlasts the long hours on the water.

Besides the performance and comfort aspects, the most noticeable bonus is the signature MHX style. Boasting a bold black look with green accented grooves, the MHX Winn Grips look great, but perform even better.

Gifts for Custom Rod Decorations:

10. CRB Thread Inlay Bobbin

This innovative tool is designed to strategically assist builders with decorative inlays.

This tool is best for wraps using multiple inlays because the notched spool holders are specially design to allow for a rod band to sit in place and hold the bobbin on the blank and out of the way during the wrapping process.

The bobbin also helps keep thread organized and under tension during your decorative inlays. The custom molded bobbin cradle allows a rod band or rubber band to securely attach the inlay bobbin to the rod blank.

Plus it’s engineered from premium ABS and high quality surgical steel so this tool is one you can trust to get the job done.

11. Rod Decal Install Kits

These quick decal kits feature fast application to easily customize any fishing rod in no time!

Want to add a custom decal to your fishing rod, but don’t have a rod dryer or enough time, then this quick decal kit is designed for you. Simply using the clear two-part epoxy ProGlu and your hand to rotate the blank, you can add your favorite decals faster than ever.

ProGlu is designed for rod builders by rod builders, and this proprietary formula of epoxy was engineered to dry quickly and clearly with superior adhesion and longevity over the life of your rod.

Gamefish Decals

These full color, laser cut gamefish rod decals are approximately 2″ x 1″ and can be placed directly on fishing rod and finished (decals are self-adhesive). Choose from our vast selection of over 60+ types of freshwater and saltwater gamefish!

Easily customize any fishing rod in no time with these fast application decal kits. Each kit comes with all the supplies you will need to add that custom touch to any fishing rod in just minutes!

College Decals

Now you can sport your favorite college team on your next custom rod. 57 of the most popular college teams from the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big 10, CUSA, MAC, MWC, Pac 10, SEC, WAC and independent schools. These officially licensed full color college decals are printed with UV resistant inks and feature “laser cut” edges with a thin white margin around the contour to provide contrast against your rod blank.

Decals measure approximately 5/8″ and are suitable for all freshwater, fly and inshore rods.

Easily customize any fishing rod in no time with these fast application decal kits. Each kit comes with all the supplies you will need to add that custom touch to any fishing rod in just minutes!

Custom Text Decals

Custom text decals are a great way to personalize your fishing rod. Put your contact information in case it is lost, your company info, or add any text you want.

Easily customize any fishing rod in no time with these fast application decal kits. Each kit comes with all the supplies you will need to add that custom touch to any fishing rod in just minutes!

All you need to do is select the size decal you want, and up to 3 lines of custom text with individual fonts for each line. These peel & stick decals are also available in Metallic Gold & Silver or White, and are available in 3 sizes: Small, Medium, and Large.

Small decals are 3/8″ high and suitable for fly rods and spinning and casting rods less than 12# line class.

Medium decals are 1/2″ height and suitable for 12# to 30# line class rods and fly rods over 10 weights.

Large decals are 3/4″ height and suitable for rods over 30# line class.

All decals are approximately 1″ to 1-1/2″ long depending on the amount of text.

Quick Decal Application Instructions:

Step 1. Mix equal parts (1:1 ratio) of Part A Resin & Part B Hardener thoroughly for 3 minutes. Next pour the mixture into an aluminum dish to release any remaining air bubbles.

               Tip: Heating the bottom of the aluminum tray for a few seconds with a lighter to help release the bubbles.

Step 2. Place the decal on your fishing rod (make sure it is a clean, dry surface) and gently smooth it out with the burnishing tool.

Step 3. Apply a smooth, even amount of epoxy over the decal and fishing rod turning the rod as you apply.

Step 4. After the decal is epoxied, slowly rotate the blank with your hand for 10-15 minutes depending on the amount used and stop once the epoxy doesn’t sag.

Step 5. Allow the epoxy to fully cure for 40 minutes after application, and then your custom decal is ready to go.

12. Head Strap Magnifier

Sometimes wrapping a micro guide or doing intricate decorative work, you must see what you are doing in the finest of detail. The Lighted Head Strap Magnifier allows you to do just that regardless of the lighting in your work station.

The Lighted Head Strap Magnifier features flip-up lenses with four magnification levels: 1.8x, 2,3x, 3.7x, and 4.8x, along with dual LED lights with independent switches, and an adjustable head strap equipped with contoured padding.

So, if you’re often finding yourself tinkering with a custom rod build at all hours of the day, the Lighted Head Strap Magnifier is just the tool you need.

And honestly at $15.95, we are surprised it’s not on your wish list already!

Rod Repair Tools and Supplies

13. Winn Overwrap

While fishing, custom handle assemblies have the greatest risk of damage. Regardless of material, handles and grips are subject to damage and deterioration from exposure to the environmental elements of fishing as well as repeated use.

Winn Overwraps are a popular and easy solution to restoring grips on all types of custom fishing rods!

Whether sloughing, chipping, or just weathering away, it is important to realize and repair these damaging signs before your handle assembly deteriorates completely. There are many ways to re-grip and adequately fix handle assemblies without ever sacrificing your favorite fishing rod or its dependable performance.

Adding Winn Overwraps to damaged grips gives your favorite fly rod that second chance it deserves. If you have chipped cork handle assemblies or EVA that’s started to deteriorate, simply add Winn Overwraps to resurrect your handle with a grip that works as great as it looks.

From repairing handles and enhancing grips, to adding more comfort and confidence to your fly rod, Winn Overwraps restore and maintain your grip’s peak performance.

14. Tip Top Repair Kit

Broken tip-tops are among the most common fishing rod failures. Therefore, it’s no surprise that measuring and replacing tips tops are the most frequently asked questions.

The eerie sound of snapping off a tip-top is utterly heart-breaking. Perhaps the most upsetting, the leading cause of death for tip-tops is human error. Broken tip-tops can quickly devastate an angler and ultimately, an entire fishing trip.

Mud Hole offers an assortment of Tip Top Repair Kits that provides a quick fix for all rod builders to get back on the water.

Whether severing the tip-top closing the car door, stepping on the rod, or just reeling in the lure too far, the point is that it happens and you can fix it!

15. ProGlü 5-Minute Epoxy Glue

This 5-Minute Epoxy Formula was introduced to drastically decrease the curing process and allow you to glue up or repair rods in no time!

Produced to the quality standards that have made ProKote the leading Rod Finish in the industry, ProGlu is a professional grade Epoxy Glue designed for superior adhesion and longevity over the life of your rod.

ProGlu is designed for rod builders by rod builders, this proprietary formula of epoxy was designed exclusively for the Rod Building market and will remain flexible over time unlike most epoxies on the market.

This kit includes:

24ml pre-loaded syringes

(4) Mixing Sticks

(4) Mixing Cups

16. Rod Repair Kit

Just need to make a small repair to a rod? Guides need refinishing?

Then this Rod Repair Kit is the perfect gift to give or receive!

Kit Contents:

1 pack of Epoxy

1 pack of Glue

2 spools of ProWrap Colorfast thread

10 cups and mixing sticks

2 Brushes

1 oz. of Flex Coat color preserver

MHX Fishing Gear Gifts:

17. MHX Rod Sleeves

While traveling, it’s very important to protect the performance and integrity of your rods.

Protect your MHX rod from damage and make storage a breeze with these stylish MHX rod sleeves.

Made of a unique material that will not mold or mildew, each sleeve is designed to protect your line guides and rod tips from any damage.

The rubberized coating on the bell end is virtually impervious to hook penetration and greatly reduces tangles while transporting rods from the truck to the boat and more.

MHX Casting Rod Sleeve

MHX Spinning Rod Sleeve

18. MHX UV Sleeves

Balancing performance and style, MHX UV Sleeves help anglers beat the sun and the heat.

These UV Sleeve feature 30 UPF to shield you from the sun’s harmful UV rays and moisture wicking polyester microfibers to keep you cool and dry against fishing’s harshest heat.

Worn as a breathable face mask, neck gaiter, head band and much more, the MHX UV Sleeve’s seamless design and quick-drying microfibers minimize irritation for long-term comfort that outlasts your day on the water.

Choose Your Favorite MHX UV Sleeve!

Check out the New MHX UV Sleeves available in Camo, Saltwater, Black Diamond, Bass, Native, and White Diamond!

19. MHX Polarized Sunglasses

Many anglers, especially sight fisherman, agree that a good pair of sunglasses can make all the difference spotting fish in the water. Polarized, lightweight, and fairly priced, MHX Sunglasses shield you from the sun and unwanted glare whether tracking fish in the shallows or deep offshore.

Benefits of MHX Polarized Lenses:

• Reduce eye strain for outdoor activities such as fishing, biking. wakeboarding or waterskiing

• Filter out glare to improve safety while driving boats, cars, or anything in between.

• Lightweight Design that’s ideal for outdoor enthusiasts

20. MHX Fishing Hats

These hats are great for the outdoors and pack the style to match.

Featuring the signature MHX black and green as well as mesh backing and adjustable Velcro straps, each hat takes style as serious as performance.

These caps will definitely keep you looking and feeling cool on the water.

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