Originally Posted by Lastone1
I just received a magazine from Mud Hole. In the front of the Mag is a bunch of rod building kits. I am slightly intrigued and am wondering if this is something I might like doing. Pretty handy with my hands but, I have never built a rod before. Any advice appreciated!
I started out because my kids were tearing up their tackle, tip/guide replacements, etc. I also like certain rods for certain purposes and store bought can't be really determined until you put a reel and lure on. found some custom rods I liked and started doing research on their componentry. from there I bought a rather cheap building tools from mud hole and watched a ton of videos because you'd be surprised at the dozens of variations for building/wrapping. since then I've built nearly a couple dozen rods. excluding rods materials I've not spent a fortune. what I did was ask some builders what blanks they like for different purposes and bought some blanks built them and fished them. after a few builds I noticed that I liked the rain shadow rx6 843's in 7' length - not very expensive at all - approx $40/blank and a very good blank (not about to pay over $100 for a blank). from there it was experiment time. took 3 inches off top and fished - good for bait and tops. then I took 3 inches off the bottom - good for tops and plastic. then I built one taking 2 inches off bottom and 2 inches off top - good but not exactly what I wanted. finally I built one the full 7' and its great for many uses. also built a 7' rx6 842 which I a bit hippy buy is great for tops in tight quarters and throwing smaller baits like LeLes - waiting to catch a 28" red on that bc it'd be an event. I stick to one type of guides - recoils - I don't get too fancy with my wraps; simple and clean.. and vary from Winn grips to split
/full cork handles. friends try out the different builds and then pick one buy the materials and off I go. all with a hand wrapper until I bought an Alps that I found used online. it works like a lathe for turning cork and drying. now I have some very cool very personalized rods at a reasonable cost and some very happy kids and friends. not going to make any money but that's not the point. I can send you some pics if you'd like but it takes patience and rebuild research but its very rewarding if you like that sort of thing. lots of forums and builders are very amenable to providing advice.