Top 3 Rod Building Tips from Larry Dahlberg

Learn Larry Dahlberg’s 3 most important factors for building the best custom fishing rods.

Crucial Factors for Building Custom Fishing Rods

You may recognize Larry Dahlberg for his fishing prowess, but he’s also widely recognized for his immense knowledge of fishing rods and their construction.

Alongside Dahlberg, we put together his top 3 tips for building yourself the best performing fishing rod.

1. How to Decide the Fishing Rod Action

Some of the most well-traveled anglers still have difficulty ironing out and explaining the details of different fishing rod actions.

Essentially, rod action is defined by how and where the rod bends under pressure.

In other words, a fast blank under load will flex in the top one-third of the blank, but a slower, softer blank will have a more parabolic bend that extends from the tip down to roughly the top three quarters of the rod.

This also takes into account the relative time it takes for a blank to load under pressure and then unload to return to a resting position.

For example, an extra fast or fast action rod will take very little time to flex under load and then return to rest, while slow rods will have a much larger range of motion and take longer to flex and return completely.

This is where the action for fast and slow blanks comes into play.

Find out more below!

Larry Dahlberg’s Tips for Rod Action

2. Choosing the Right Fishing Rod Power

When talking about the power of a fishing rod, manufacturers are pointing to how much pressure it will take to flex that given rod.

Sometimes the power isn’t enough to snap lures the right way or it’s too much and overpowers the lure, this is where choosing the proper rod power is paramount to building a better fishing rod for your fishing application.

From ultra-light to extra-heavy, the range of rod powers available allows anglers to choose the power that will best handle specific line sizes and lure ratings to ultimately bring a better overall performance.

Learn more below:

Watch Larry Dahlberg Explain Rod Power

3. Understanding the Leverage of Fishing Rods

Leverage is one of the least understood concepts in the fishing.

The concept of leverage essentially comes down to the rod length, but there are a few more factors to consider when browsing rod blanks.

Mainly the construction of the rod blank and what demands the fishing application requires from the rod blank.

Breaking Down Leverage by Rod Blank

For starters, there are two commonly used terms that divide one rod blank into two parts: the blade section and the butt section.

The terms not only identify these two parts of the rod, but also help make sense why leverage behaves the way it does.

The blade section extends from the top of the fishing rod’s handle to the tip of the rod. This blade section provides a flexible shock absorbing system to increase sensitivity and to sustain hook sets.

On the other hand, the butt section refers to the entire handle segment of the fishing rod. This is where the true power of the rod lies to wrestle in the wildest fighting fish.

Find out more in the link below:

Larry Dahlberg’s Advice on Rod Leverage

Apply Each Lesson to Custom Rod Building

Now that you understand the main trade offs to choosing a rod blank and understanding the rod’s specifications, you can begin building your new favorite fishing rods at Mud Hole.

The world leader in custom rod building components, Mud Hole is the perfect place to find everything you need to land your dream fish—with a rod that looks great doing it!

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