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I just broke one of my high dollar rods. Was wondering if anyone has had success in building their own rods. Is it cheaper? I seem to find blanks pretty cheap. How hard is it to build a high quality rod?

Thanks and keep fishin.
 

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Its not all that complicated just tedious. you have to sline the rod, set the guides at the right spacing, check the load then wrap it. i have been making my own for 15 years. cant get what i want from store bought. go to Neils and get a cheap blank cheap reel seat and guides and make a practice rod before you spend some good money.
 

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Yeah to what boat cop said, another thing a gloomis rod blank is still 100+ then you throw in good guides reel seat and the stuff you need to make the rod with and you might save $25-$50 , In some case's it will cost you more for the parts than if you bought one already built or had someone who builds them (like boat cop) build one for you.

The nice thing about it though is that you can put you own colors of thread and guides on them tweak them a little better etc.




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Yup but building it yourself has some pride to it. Boat Cop was refering to Neal Cissel. He has a website and a local store in Phx. He will probably help you out. Here is a link to a website. Although these guys are saltwater oriented, they have a lot of good tips and tricks and links to other sites.

When you get good at it let me know I want a custom Calstar Grafighter wrapped acid style. Blue and silver wraps with no reel seat, a full cork handle.
 
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