The individual interested in a custom fishing rod is not always sure of exactly what he or she wants.
To that end I would like to offer some guidelines that should help in picking the various options available
to you. Of course these are only a few of the choices you have, but should serve to help you "guesstimate"
what your rod might cost. From there we can get more specific and find the actual cost of your custom rod.
Estimates do not include any applicable taxes or shipping charges.
Before you go to the list of various rod types and the estimated cost, you need to consider the characteristics
of a good quality, better quality and best quality rod. Then you can choose what is right for you. To help
understand the differences please consider the information below.
Good Quality: These rods typically have EVA foam grips, graphite or metal reel seats and Hardloy guides.
Thread options are limited to two colors, including a decorative diamond or chevron butt wrap. A custom
made for your name inscription is included. Blanks used are good quality made by such manufacturers as All
Star, Rainshadow and others.
Better Quality: These rods typically have single color corks grips where applicable, or slick butt grips
on trolling rods. Reel seats are graphite for light tackle rods and metal in most cases for heavier rods.
Guides are hardloy or roller, depending on the style of rod. Thread options include up to three colors and
a creative decorative butt wrap. A custom made for your name inscription is included. Blanks used are better
quality made by such manufacturers as Seeker, Lamiglass and others.
Best Quality: Only the finest will do for this category. Cork grip rods have interesting patterns of
plain cork and exotic burl cork to create a unique appearance only available to the custom rod buyer. Rods
requiring heavier grips receive Aftco or Stuart aluminum uni-butts and EVA fore grips, or metal gimbal,
slick butt, two tone metal reel seat and EVA fore grip. Guides are SIC ring guides by Fuji or roller guides
by Winthrop Tool, Aftco and Stuart. Thread options are unlimited and will be designed to match the color
scheme you have in mind. Blanks used in the best quality category include G-Loomis, Seeker, Calstar and