Would you love to build your own custom rod? This is the perfect course for you!
Our beginners rod building class is taught by top professional rod builders with extensive knowledge of all the techniques and components that build today's top-performing fishing rods. Hosted remotely using Zoom Meetings, this class will teach you how to assemble your own spinning or casting rod from the handle to the tip.
You will build a 7'0" medium-light power rod, in your choice of spinning or casting.
Plus, enjoy your first rod build with personalized instruction from the industry’s best!
Benefits of Remote Rod Building Classes:
- The same experience as our in-person classes
- No travel necessary
- Smaller classroom sizes
- Download class sessions for playback at a later date
Select a date from the list to book your class and build this rod today!
Virtual Workshop Time & Location
Our remote rod building classes are administered using the Zoom video conferencing platform. A link to your session will be sent via email after order confirmation.
Date + time varies - see product page for exact dates
Meet Our Instructors
Todd Vivian has been building custom rods for 35 years.
After spending 20 years as lead rod designer for Lamiglas in Washington state, Todd relocated to Florida to develop complete lines of blanks for Mud Hole.
12 years and 600+ blanks later, Todd is still just as passiontate about fishing, sharing his knowledge as lead instructor for Mud Hole's education program.
Buzz Butters has been building custom rods for 35 years.
He began teaching high school students about 20 years ago and joined Mud Hole as part of the Teaching Staff about 8 years ago.
His company, B&B Custom Rods is a well-known purveyor of Walleye and Ice fishing rods in the Wisconsin-area.
As a school teacher, Cindy McKay first came to Mud Hole with the intention of sharing rod building with her students.
She quickly realized that parents were just as eager to learn, and joined Mud Hole as an instructor in our nationwide on-the-road series of classes.
Cindy has been with Mud Hole Custom Tackle as a regular instructor since 2017.
Curt Baker has been building and fishing custom rods in the Tampa, FL area for over 35 years.
With grouper, snapper and black tip shark as his favorite species to target, he has built countless rods for them over the years.
Curt has been sharing his knowledge through Mud Hole's education program for over 10 years.
Mike Kosiba has been a rod building instructor with Mud Hole for about 5 years, though he began his rod building career in the late 90’s – bringing decades of rod building experience to Mud Hole.
Mike grew up in Florida but has been able to sharpen his skills fishing in places around the country, for virtually every species of fish… although he still prefers the trout and redfish in the Indian River.
Jesus Peña was a student in our very first rod building workshop over 10 years ago!
He flew to Chicago from South Texas to take this class in 2009. Soon after, he began helping instruct Mud Hole classes in Corpus Christi, Houston and Dallas.
Jesus has been with Mud Hole Custom Tackle as a full time instructor for over 5 years.
Class Cancellation Policy
Cancellations made 30 days prior to the class date are eligible to receive a full refund.
Cancellations made 15 to 30 days prior to class date are not eligible for a refund but may be rescheduled up to 1 time.
Cancellations made less than 15 days prior to the class date are not eligible for a refund or rescheduling. All of your class materials, including the instructional DVD will be shipped to you free of charge.
Hazardous Material. Must ship ground only. Not eligible for expedited shipping. Contiguous 48 states only. A physical address is required for delivery.
Notice--LTD QTY Return Shipping.
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Though I had prior instructions of rod building. This class taught me a lot. From guide spacing to finishing. It was a very fun class and every laid back. I would do other classes if given the chance.
This was a great class taught by Buzz and Mike. They answered all my questions and demonstrated tips/tricks/techniques throughout the class. I learned enough from this class to feel confident to make more rods on my own. The rod I made in class impressed my fishing buddies. I would highly recommend this class to anyone wanting to take the first step to learning rod building.
All of the materials necessary to build my first salt water, inshore fishing rod were included in the class price.
I was amazed that there were two instructors watching and giving input. Six of us beginners were online, so the teacher-student ratio was impressive. The pace was agreeable and there was plenty of time for questions. I never felt rushed. The rod I built was ready the next day, and I have to say, it's nice to fish with equipment that I crafted myself. I will be back for more.
Dave Taylor, west coast, inshore fisherman.
Great course put on by Jesus and Curt! Its clear there is a ton of knowledge between the two and they put on a great course together. 10/10.
Buzz and Mike did an awesome job with the class. Very patient and were willing to explain things multiple times until everyone inderstood. Just the materials sent for class/build were worth more than price of class. The knowledge these two provided us was invaluable. They also continue to answer calls/questions by email and phone after class. Thankyou to Buzz,Mike and Mudhole!