Calling All ROD BUILDERS!!!

American Tackle

Jul 22, 2020

The 2022 International Rod Building Challenge by American Tackle puts the world’s best custom fishing rod crafters against each other to find out who is the top builder in the world.

Everyone will be starting with the same American Tackle mystery blank. You have to figure out the best way to utilize the blank in your style.

Completed rods will be judged at the International Custom Rod Builders Expo (ICRBE) in Winston Salem NC, USA on February 26 & 27, 2022. Judges will be announced no later than 1 week before the Expo begins.

The top 10-15 rods will be chosen by a committee of builders (separate from the judges) and every judge will score each of the top rods.

The 2 piece mystery blank is purchased through American Tackle direct for $75 in the US and $100 international with shipping included and will be shipping 9/1/21. During 9/1/21-2/25/22 contestants may order components directly with American Tackle to complete their rods. You will receive a considerable discount on the components.

· You must use at least 50% of the mystery blank provided
· Build the rod as you think it should be built
· Rods will be graded on overall appearance and functionality
· No social media posting of your work before the competition.

Points will be awarded in a 1-10 format on the following areas:
· Appearance
· Functionality
· Grips
· Guide Placement
· Guide Straightness
· Threadwork
· Finish Application
· Cleanliness
· Design
· Choice and flow of components
· Innovation
· Handle Design

Trophies and gift certificates to American Tackle will be awarded for places first, second and third. 1- $1000, 2- $500, 3- $250

For questions or to enter the competition contact Don at American Tackle Co. 407-706-0321, ext 1207 - [email protected]

Here's a look at the 2021 Winning Rod submitted by builder Mark Crouse
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Darrin Heim

American Tackle Company, Vice President/Partner
May 15, 2007
Oviedo, Florida
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Captain Mo Fishing & Charters
  • Sep 11, 2020
    Sea Hunt Gamefish/ Action Craft
    Some fantastic work is entered into this competition. I need to have my drool rag ready!