Would you love to build your own custom fly rod? This is the perfect course for you!
Our 3-Day specialized fly 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 fly rods. Hosted in Mud Hole’s state-of-the-art Education Center, this class will teach you how to assemble your own fly fishing rod from the handle to the tip.
Choose to build a 3, 5, or 8 Wt, and enjoy your first fly rod build with personalized instruction!
With hands-on instruction, this rewarding class will bring your dream of a custom-built fly rod to life!
Time & Location
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 just attended this class and it was incredible. First, even if I never build another rod again, everything I learned about the setup and performance of rods will change how I see, purchase, and use them. That alone makes the class worth it.
But, the class is not only incredibly instructive, it is also a great value. I learn so much from YouTube and had watched many videos on rod building prior to this class. I felt like I could buy all the supplies and equipment and do just fine - and save some money. I was wrong. The rod and equipment supplied are tremendous - and the three days of direct feedback were invaluable. No substitute to learning from masters who have done it thousands of times.
If you fish - and you are somewhat technically inclined - take the class. Build a rod, learn how they are engineered, be a better fisherman and have some fun in the process.
I just completed a 3 day rod building class at the Mud Hole facility. The class and the instructors were awesome. We had access to all the instructors and they all spent time with us to answer our questions, demonstrate techniques or give positive reinforcement when we struggled to do something. They also passed on helpful tips they've learned that we used throughout the rod building process. Each of the instructors seemed more knowledgeable in a specific type of fishing which really helped understand the differences between building an inshore rod with a heavier tuna/cobia style rod to a deep sea rod to fly rods. I can't recommend this class enough for anyone interested in getting started building rods either for themselves or as a business. The class provides not only the knowledge but also most of the equipment you'll need to get started.
I want to come but on a fixed income . On Disability I’m trying to get started building rods but I can’t afford that thank you for letting me know that you’re gonna be close by I really hate I can’t . I’m about 2 hrs away. It’s hard to make it now . Thank you for sharing. Hope i can Follow you on a link and a later time thank you so much for all y’all do for me it gives me something I can do.
The class was incredible, the instructors very knowledgeable, polite and always interested if we were learning or had any questions. Any doubts were quickly answered or even given a practical example at the time. The materials used in the class were of high quality, ensuring that the Rod was perfect in the end. Excellent location, spacious, easy access. I recommend it to all fishermen... knowledge for a lifetime... THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
It was absolutely a great class ! The instructors We're not only professional But very helpful on all But very helpful on all questions