Many anglers are discovering rod building to get better gear and more enjoyment out of the sport than buying “off the rack”. There are common misconceptions about building your own rod but in fact it is much easier and more affordable than many fisherman think. The benefits to building your own fishing rod are as follows:
Performance: Taking the time to properly spine a blank and assure the guides are aligned correctly ensures your custom rod will out fish any factory made rod.
Weight: As you choose all your components, you can minimize weight which can help increase the overall feel as well as keeping you out on the water longer. It does not matter if you are fishing live bait under a float or throwing a Texas rig worm, a lighter, more sensitive rod is a pleasure to fish.
Enjoyment: This is why we fish! There is nothing like catching a fish on a rod you built.
We have put together the ultimate step-by-step guide to help you along your rod building journey. Enjoy the videos and happy building!
Step 1: Find The Blank Spine (1 pc. Blank)
Step 1: Find The Blank Spine (2+ pc. Blank)
Step 2: Install Full / Cork Handle
Step 2: Install Split Grip / EVA Handle
Step 3: Install Spinning Reel Seat
Step 3: Install Casting Reel Seat
Step 4: Rod Guide Prep & Spacing
Step 5: Hand Wrapper Set Up
Step 6: Wrapping Rod Guides
Step 7: Install Tip Top Guide
Step 8: Install Decals (Optional)