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I've never had or used a custom rod... and now I'm interested in having a couple of custom rods built for me...

So for those guys out there with more experience in custom rods... can you give me any recommendations on the best guys out there... guys you would recommend to look into... names and contact information would be appreciated...

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We'll build you a great rod at a great price,

plus, a 10% BassResource.com discount. PM, Email, call or

visit:

http://www.delawarevalleytackle.com/

;)

Mike

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try to find a rod builder close to you is probably the first step . i am gonna have a few more swimbait rods built soon and want to actually see that every thing is exactly the way i want it ( these rods are kinda pricey , $260-$265 each just for the blanks ) so i want to be there to be in on the process !! but , if you chose to go with someone who is not local , be sure to go over EVERY DETAIL !!!!! make sure you are on the same page . if you are going to have a custom rod made , you want it custom made for YOU , not the builder so you have to convey that to him(or her) so you get exactly what you want . do alot of research as to what components you want , as in guides for instance , if you wants ALPS guides , make sure he will use ALPS guides and the kind you want and the color you choose . check into what grip materials you would like and how thick or narrow you want them , how long of handle , what kind of reel seat you want . i think you get the drift of what i'm saying . just be prepared for the questions that the builder is gonna ask you for each phase of the build ( he should be asking these questions , cause if they are not you should think twice about inlisting their services !!) try looking at C&M custom tackle and building supplies and also Mudhole.com for components ( guides , thread wrap , reel seats , grips , blanks , hook keepers , and decals ) hope you get the rod of your dreams ...... ;)

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try to find a rod builder close to you is probably the first step . i am gonna have a few more swimbait rods built soon and want to actually see that every thing is exactly the way i want it ( these rods are kinda pricey , $260-$265 each just for the blanks ) so i want to be there to be in on the process !! but , if you chose to go with someone who is not local , be sure to go over EVERY DETAIL !!!!! make sure you are on the same page . if you are going to have a custom rod made , you want it custom made for YOU , not the builder so you have to convey that to him(or her) so you get exactly what you want . do alot of research as to what components you want , as in guides for instance , if you wants ALPS guides , make sure he will use ALPS guides and the kind you want and the color you choose . check into what grip materials you would like and how thick or narrow you want them , how long of handle , what kind of reel seat you want . i think you get the drift of what i'm saying . just be prepared for the questions that the builder is gonna ask you for each phase of the build ( he should be asking these questions , cause if they are not you should think twice about inlisting their services !!) try looking at C&M custom tackle and building supplies and also Mudhole.com for components ( guides , thread wrap , reel seats , grips , blanks , hook keepers , and decals ) hope you get the rod of your dreams ...... ;)

You make some really good points... unfortunately I don't know anyone who lives close to me or who is really good at custom building rods... and since I've never owned a custom rod or fished with a custom rod... I don't know what custom materials are really good... I've always used stock manufactured rods from the main rod companies... naturally as I got older and my finances improved over time... I finally could afford to upgrade and try higher end rods like GLoomis and St. Croix... but I'm afraid I have to admit that I'm a newbie when it comes to this custom rod stuff... but that is all about to change soon I hope... the BAIT MONKEY has put his foot down and is demanding that I try a few custom rods... ;D

Thanks for the information... I can use all the helpful advice anyone has in this matter... and I need to do some research...

So what is the better materials to look into... brands and such...

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I completely agree on the importance of communication. We spend almost as much time consulting on a build as we do on the hands-on process. We also have a 100% satisfaction guarantee and full refund return policy.

pgersumky, what blank do you like for the swimbait rods?

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Matt Davis - Otterods is probably one of the best in the country

Matt man is the real deal had a imx 844c built by him and it just looks and feels like no other rod i have.. check out tackletour and look under show and tell and just look for posts that say mattman  ;)

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I completely agree on the importance of communication. We spend almost as much time consulting on a build as we do on the hands-on process. We also have a 100% satisfaction guarantee and full refund return policy.

pgersumky, what blank do you like for the swimbait rods?

i am looking into throwing bigger than average swimbaits soon (soon as this rod(s) get built) so with that being said , i am gonna get a St.Croix 8'6'' big dawg rod blank rated 4-10 oz. (4M86XHF ), i amtold that it is WAY underrated ( the guy throws 12-17 oz. baits on it with no problem ) and since i'll be throwing 12-15 oz. baits with it it is perfect even tho it's a little pricey . i am also gonna get the the other St.croix 8'6'' blank that is rated 2-6 oz. (4M86HF ) , this rod will be for medium sized baits (6"-8" baits) .  ;)

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try to find a rod builder close to you is probably the first step . i am gonna have a few more swimbait rods built soon and want to actually see that every thing is exactly the way i want it ( these rods are kinda pricey , $260-$265 each just for the blanks ) so i want to be there to be in on the process !! but , if you chose to go with someone who is not local , be sure to go over EVERY DETAIL !!!!! make sure you are on the same page . if you are going to have a custom rod made , you want it custom made for YOU , not the builder so you have to convey that to him(or her) so you get exactly what you want . do alot of research as to what components you want , as in guides for instance , if you wants ALPS guides , make sure he will use ALPS guides and the kind you want and the color you choose . check into what grip materials you would like and how thick or narrow you want them , how long of handle , what kind of reel seat you want . i think you get the drift of what i'm saying . just be prepared for the questions that the builder is gonna ask you for each phase of the build ( he should be asking these questions , cause if they are not you should think twice about inlisting their services !!) try looking at C&M custom tackle and building supplies and also Mudhole.com for components ( guides , thread wrap , reel seats , grips , blanks , hook keepers , and decals ) hope you get the rod of your dreams ...... ;)

You make some really good points... unfortunately I don't know anyone who lives close to me or who is really good at custom building rods... and since I've never owned a custom rod or fished with a custom rod... I don't know what custom materials are really good... I've always used stock manufactured rods from the main rod companies... naturally as I got older and my finances improved over time... I finally could afford to upgrade and try higher end rods like GLoomis and St. Croix... but I'm afraid I have to admit that I'm a newbie when it comes to this custom rod stuff... but that is all about to change soon I hope... the BAIT MONKEY has put his foot down and is demanding that I try a few custom rods... ;D

Thanks for the information... I can use all the helpful advice anyone has in this matter... and I need to do some research...

So what is the better materials to look into... brands and such...

research is the best thing you can do right now , take a look at http://www.acidrod.com/ and http://www.mudhole.com/ . look at the rod building section where they list guides , reel seats , thread wraps( to get an idea of colors ) and grips ( cork , eva , hypathalon , etc..) . as for me i'm gonna go with Fuji concept guides in either the SIC or alconite . for reel seats , i love the Fuji ACS reel seats , and for grips , i like EVA in a split grip .as for thread wraps , with a graphite colored blank , i like all black ( the rods i am gonna have built are gloss cobalt blue so i'm gonna go with the same shade blue) . you just have to look around at rods and handle as many as you can , you preferences are maybe alot different than mine , you just have to make sure of what you like and what is gonna work for you . for instance , as far as reel seats , i love the look of split reel seats (like on carrot stix) but they are not as comfortable to me as say the FUJI ACS reel seats , and yeah , they look good and feel very comfortable cause of the way i palm my reels . so for me it has to be the ACS reel seats and that's what i'll get on my rods . it is all a matter of WHAT WILL WORK FOR YOU AND YOU ALONE !!!!  ;)

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