Whether you’re just starting out or have been building fishing rods for decades, fishing rod builders from all across the board have one thing to agree on – there’s always room to improve on the building process.
The good thing is that the process itself isn’t as complicated as many people love to assume. But then again there’s the question of ‘why should I opt for a custom made fishing rod when I could cheaply acquire a factory made rod?’
After all you’ve been using a factory made fishing rod all along and still managed to catch tons of fish with it. But explanations as to why you should be using a custom made fishing rod still abound.
Key among them is the performance. While building a custom rod, you’ll be more concerned about giving the rod maximum power to beef up its performance. So compared to factory rods, there’s a way to make your customized rod perform even better, unless otherwise.
One way of doing this is by lowering the overall weight of the rod. And lastly, custom rods are highly recommended for the options they provide.
Whether you’ve got a special preference for a checkerboard split on ultra-light, a rattlesnake skin on the winding check or a fly rod tip, there’s always an easy way to achieve it with minimal strain on your part.
The Guide to Building a Rod
Deciding on the rod components is the first step you do when building a custom fishing rod. Which rod components do you feel best suits your fishing style and what type of fish will you be trying to catch?
Here are a number of things to take into consideration while deciding on the rod parts to opt for:
- What lures do you intend to use?
- Where will you be fishing — river, lake, or stream?
- What test line do you intend to use?
- How much do you intend to spend on building the rod
The style, length and material of the fishing rod handle you choose will always vary depending on the rod blank, your personal preference and the manner in which you intend to use the rod.
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For grips, you have the option to use form or cork. Whereas corks absorb more punishment, cork grips tend to have a more superior performance look. This makes corks a perfect grip if you’re looking for a rod with a large butt diameter or if you’re looking for grip to use alongside other rod holders.
Generally, cork grips tend to have a smaller inside diameter, which allows them to be used on a wide variety of blanks. You may be required to enlarge the inside diameter for a more custom fit. But nothing is complicated about it as all you need to get it done is a rat tail file or cork reamer.
You have so many guide styles to choose from while building your custom rod. Now try throwing in five to six different materials, coupled up with different color frames, and you’d have some ideas on the guide you think is best suited for your custom rod.
The point is to try and keep everything simple. You can start by picking a frame style. Choose double foot guides for added strength and single foot guides for performance and lightweight.
For ring material, you have Hialoy and Alconite to choose from, both of which happen to provide a smooth and durable surface. For premium performance and enhanced aesthetics, then consider looking into silicon carbide.
It’s only through practice and experience that you’ll be able to build a perfect fishing rod. But even with this, the mindset you hold while building the rod happens to be just as important. In which case you have to keep an open mindset, and watch as you build awesome fishing rods without taking the fun out of the process involved.