Would you love to build your own custom Surf Rod? This is the perfect course for you!
Our 3-Day specialized surf 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 surf fishing rods. Hosted in Mud Hole’s state-of-the-art Education Center, this class will teach you how to assemble your own custom surf rod from the handle to the tip.
You will build a 9-foot surf rod in either spinning or casting, and in your choice of lure rating: ½ - 2 oz., 1 – 4 oz., or 2 – 6 oz.
Plus, enjoy your first surf rod build with personalized instruction from the industry’s best!
With hands-on instruction, this rewarding class will bring your dream of a custom-built surf rod to life!
Over $180 In Products: You will receive over $180 in products including a CRB hand wrapper, rod blank, reel seat, handle, guides, tip top, thread, decals, blank extension tool...and more!
You will build your own surf rod and take it home!
Rod Kit: The class includes CRB’s 9-foot Gator Graphite Surf Rod Kit in lure ratings of either ½ - 2oz., 1 – 4 oz., or 2 – 6 oz. along with our hand-picked reel seat, grips, guide set, and tip top accordingly to complete your build.
Choice of Surf Rod Blank:
- ISSW1087 | 12-25 lb. | 1/2 - 2 oz. lure
- ISSW1088 | 15-30 lb. | 1 – 4 oz. lure
- ISSW1089 | 20-40 lb. | 2 – 6 oz. lure
- Cork Tape handle with EVA Grip accents.
- High quality Reel Seat
- CRB “MD” style Medium Duty Spin/Cast Guides
Time & Location – Specialty Classes
Our specialty rod building classes are a 3-day event. During the class, participants learn all of the proper techniques for building a custom specialty rod start-to-finish.
Day 1: The first evening is a technical orientation covering how to spine each section of a 1 pc. and 2pc. rod blank, handle setups and assembly, as well as guide prep and guide spacing through static deflection. With just 4 students to an instructor, students receive one-on-one training and personalized guide spacing per their rod’s specifications.
Day 2: On the second day, you will learn the ins and outs of wrapping guides with thread from some of the most experienced builders in the industry. Next, instructors will explain the best practices in epoxy finish from mixing and application, to proper drying and curing.
Day 3: The final day is reserved for enjoying some exclusive advanced technical seminars and test casting your new custom-built rod. We encourage you to bring your own reel for both setup and casting.
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.
I attended the Advanced Workshop, in Oviedo, Florida. What a great weekend of first-class presenters, presentations and topics! Bob McKamey, Todd Vivian, and the Mud Hole Team/Instructors are such a great group of people, and always willing to share their knowledge. I learned a ton and made some new friends along the way. I highly recommend attending any of the Mud Hole events and classes, you'll be glad you did! I can't wait to go again!!!
I have been building rods for 35 years and thought I was a beginner at some of these classes. Things I have seen but never knew how to do it. (I'm a hands-on person) I learned so much to add to my rod building skills.
My first build after the classes was a Gaff, with the help of Steuart even after the classes. I also incorporated the finishing class on the finish on the gaff.
Just the food was worth the class fee.
I will be at the next one for sure.
I built this Gaff for my son to match his other rods I have built him.
This class was great! Todd, Curt, Cindy, and Mike are all incredibly knowledgeable and great at guiding the class through the process of building a custom fishing rod. They even went over some more advanced techniques on the last day to give some inspiration for future builds. If you have been wanting to get into custom building, this is definitely the way to do it!
Just finished the class and WOW! Great instructor to student ratio providing lots of individual instruction. Loved everything about the class. Watched the online videos before attending but nothing replaces the instructor led classroom environment for me.
Just completed my first 3day class at Mud Hole training center. All I can say is what a great time. Instructors were fantastic. There was plenty of one on one instruction when needed and no questions were left unanswered. I left there with the desire and knowledge to start building more rods. 👍👍👍