Yes, You Can Build Your Own Fishing Rod
You love to fish, have enjoyed the sport for years, and have been thinking about making yourself a customized fishing rod. Maybe you already tie your own flies and make your own lures. Why not take your do-it-yourself skills to the next level and create your own personalized fishing rod? Is it hard? No, and consider how great it would feel to land a fish using gear you made. There’s no feeling like it. Trust me, I’ve done it.
How to Get Started
First, don’t be scared off by all the gadgets and technology available today. Building a rod may seem complicated, but it can be easy to learn and easy to do. Besides, the benefits of owning a rod that perfectly fits your hand, has exactly the right grip and is the right length is worth it.
Fishing rod manufacturers produce high quality rods for the “average” (whatever that means) angler. If you build one yourself, you get to decide the size of the guides, the type of seat for the reel, the material for the handle and grip. You would have a tool that perfectly matches each and every one of your needs, a rod that’s guaranteed to be a better choice for you than an off-the-rack rod.
What You Will Need
Most of what you need to build a rod can be found around your house. I built my first rod about 30 years ago using stuff from my kitchen and living room. I did buy a round file to make the hole in the cork grip, but a coffee mug held my thread (the nylon thread used to secure the guides onto the rod) and medium-sized books provided the tension.
What components should you buy? Examine the rods you currently own. One of them has the perfect action, but the reel seat needs to be stronger. Another rod is exactly the right length and weight, but the guides are too small. Make a list of what you like and what you’d change. These items will be your starting point.
Is It Worth It?
I see you shaking your head. You’re wondering if a custom rod will help you catch more fish. I think so, because everything has been tailored to your specific needs. You and the rod will work together more smoothly, which will translate to smoother fishing actions. You’ll be able to cast smoother, be more accurate in placing your lure and get your hook in the water that much quicker. You’ll also have your lure in the water longer, and more time in the water means increased chances of snagging a fish.
Where to Find Parts
Buying parts for your custom-made rod is fairly simple, too. Many retail stores have custom component departments. Others stores specialize in custom parts. Drop by, talk to the personnel and tell them what you want. They’ll be happy to steer you in the right direction. Not only will you have a custom rod, but you may save some money in the process, and saving money is always a plus!