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Old 01-25-2005, 10:52 PM
gtolb gtolb is offline
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Why build?

Custom rod building...practical? I recently spoke with a shop owner and custom rod builder who explained that his shop offers free custom rod building lessons for the cost of the components, of course. Outside of the personal pride and self satisfaction one gains from building their own rod please explain what else can be gained from the experience. Obviously I have no background in this, however it appears that one would be hard pressed to improve upon today's premium rods considering the all of the R&D and experience that's dedicated to them. I agree that there's an amount of satisfaction attached to tying one's own flies or reloading your hunting ammunition. I just can't see how rod building is an advantage. I would never attempt to build my own hunting rifle. Please enlighten...thanks.
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Old 01-25-2005, 11:32 PM
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One can use whatever reel seat you wish of the proper inside diameter on the rod. You can use whatever color thread you wish. You can shape the cork to be exactly the way you want it to feel in your hand. You can use whatever guides in whatever plating you wish. You can add feather inlays, or weave your name in thread, etc. on the rod.

In short, you can have things on the rod that the factory won't bother with doing or will charge you quite a bit more for adding to the rod, unless you get the rod from Meiser or Burkheimer because they build custom rods on their own blanks.

Other than the above, there is absolutely no reason to build a rod from a blank. Just like there really is not reason for most hunters and shooters to load their own ammo. Or for a hunter to make a stock of his own either from scratch or from a semi-inletted or finished blank.
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Old 01-26-2005, 06:29 AM
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I've often said 'I don't fish for fish, I fish for satisfaction', and it's quite true. Fish are a part of it, but certainly not all of it.

Likewise, I think a large part of building a rod is about the satisfaction the builder receives in using that rod or handing it down to his son, etc. (in addition to the choice of components as Russ mentions).
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Old 03-15-2005, 03:26 PM
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Rod building offers you choices.

I fish mostly spinning rods, and can choose my guides (try finding Titaneum SiC guides on a shop rod), choose my blanks, and since I like a TN handle, can do that w/ a split grip.
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Old 04-03-2005, 09:10 AM
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why build...

Take the best rod that you have and pick out the things you would do to change it if you could. Add to that the satisfaction of knowing that you built the rod that you are catching your fish on. Mix in a little (kill some time with things you like doing), and a dash of (pride and accomplishment) and you have just a few of the reasons. Can you do this for a hobby? of course Can you do this for a living? you betcha. But most of the rod builders and rod makers I know do this because they love doing it, they enjoy working with their hands, and have a "real job" that they go to every day. Can you get more for a custom built rod than a shelf rod? Sometimes you can. In my case and many others I am sure, I sure don't do this to make money (thank the Good Lord). I do it because it is almost as enjoyable as using them when I can.
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Old 04-03-2005, 01:26 PM
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