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.
Thanks Jesus and Curt for the wonderful class. They are very patient and knowledgeable. I'm not a handy person and feel nervous about the first build. But they made me feel relax during the class to build the rod. Whenever student has doubts about the process, they will repeatedly demonstrate and elaborate. I appreciate they kindly shared loads of information related to the rod building even some of them are out of the beginner class coverage.
You need to take this class! If you fish and want to understand the dynamics or how a custom rod performs, this is the class for you! Mike and Buzz make an excellent team at teaching rod building. They have the ability to go as deep or wide as you need them to cover the particulars of each concept of the build. They even have the ability to pull you into a one on one. The big win for me is this is not a one class and done unless you decide. after the class, they open the door to a weekly advance topic hosted by Mud Hole staff to Broaden your building knowledge. Great Job Guys!
Buzz and Mike are incredibly patient and highly informative I would highly recommended this class for all!!
So if you’re thinking you can’t get the in-person learning experience remotely, you’d be incorrect. The instructors give you so much individual attention, it’s easy to follow along with them on Zoom, and they stay with you until you’ve got it nailed down, even if that means the class runs outside the scheduled hours. Cindy and Curt did a great job, I learned an awful lot in the 3 sessions we had. Now can we talk about value? The rod kit is very nice, and the equipment/supplies that come with the class are worth the entry fee on their own. Best couple hundred bucks I’ve spent in quite some time. I’ll be taking more classes like this for sure.
I would like to thank Jose and Buzz for the Texas Redfish Rod build. They were both excellent instructors and were very informative and answered any questions I had. They were very knowledgeable and made a first timer very comfortable in making his first rod.