Building Your Own Custom Rod Part 2

custom rodsThis is Part 2 in a series of articles on building your own custom rods.

You can view Part 1 here.

Once you’ve decided on the rod you want to build and ordered your components, it’s time to find the rod’s spine and install the tip. As is shown in the video, every rod blank has a natural spot of least resistance known as the “spine”. When building your rod it’s very important to align your guides along that spine as when fully bent the rod will want to roll to that position. If your guides are not aligned with it, the rod will twist in your hands and the guides will lay to the side when you hook your first fish.

custom rodsOnce you’ve got your tip installed, it’s time to decide on the type and length of the handle you want on your rod. Deckhand style handles are the easiest to build and most versatile to size but are only suited for reels that come with a clamp, resigning them mostly to medium duty bait and jig rods. On your light and heavy duty rods, or any bass rods, you’re going to need to install a handle with a reel seat and that means measuring it to fit your dimensions and applications.

custom rodOnce you’ve decided on your handle style and whether you want to build a standard, down wrapped or spinning rod, it’s time to do some measuring and get your handle materials ready to install. Join me next time when I’ll go step by step through installing the different handle styles.

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Erik Landesfeind is BD's Southern California Editor and has over 30 years of experience saltwater fishing for a range of species in both California and Mexican waters. Erik is also an active freelance writer and the author of the weekly column So Cal Scene, which BD publishes every Friday. In So Cal Scene, Erik keeps all of the BD readers up to date on what's biting in Southern California. Erik divides his fishing time on local boats, long-range trips and Mexico excursions. For the past eight years, Erik has been competing in the SWBA (Saltwater Bass Anglers) tournament series and has multiple tournament victories to his credit. His sponsors include Batson Enterprises / Rainshadow Rods, Robalo Boats, Tilly's Marine, Abu/Garcia, Penn Reels, Navionics, Raymarine, MC Swimbaits, Uni-Butter Fishing Scent and Bladerunner Tackle.