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Building your own rods #13761456 11/08/20 04:38 AM
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Anybody on the forum building their own rods? There seems to be a lot of rod components available online, thinking about building a rod.

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Re: Building your own rods [Re: Bill Durham] #13761653 11/08/20 01:43 PM
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I've built several rods I've paid to have rods finished out with the parts I furnish. One of the rod component companies has rod building seminars around the country for a about 300 dollars & you build your own take home rod. I will give this advice if you are going to use cheap blanks, seats & guides & don't like the smell of epoxy save yourself the headache an buy a rod.

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The blanks I was looking at are HMX brand.. seem to be legit. Looking at this kit. https://www.mudhole.com/kits-bundles/Multi-Option-Rod-Kits/MHX-Freshwater-Rod-Kits

Re: Building your own rods [Re: Bill Durham] #13761855 11/08/20 04:49 PM
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Mudhole has good products I have 2 CRB custom made rods. Rod kits-bundles are a good way to start building rods. Enjoy and post a picture of the finished product.

Re: Building your own rods [Re: Bill Durham] #13762545 11/09/20 03:17 AM
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Have built close to 100 I suspect. Would have to go through my notes. Getting set up to build the first one takes a little investment. After that, you can build really nice rods for about 50% of retail.

Re: Building your own rods [Re: Bill Durham] #13762646 11/09/20 05:36 AM
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I have built several over the years mostly Batson / Rainshadow, Lamiglass. As stated above after getting set up price comes down. BTW John Cox is known to build MHX rods while on the trail.


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Re: Building your own rods [Re: Bill Durham] #13763842 11/10/20 02:11 AM
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I have built several the last 8 years I built for myself, family and friends. I enjoy building them but have all the rods that I will ever need. I am not good enough with the thread art to sell them, so I quit for the time being. May do a couple this winter if this covid stuff continues to keep me in house.

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This is not a very good pic this is a MHX rod that I built. Got all the parts from Mudhole.

Re: Building your own rods [Re: Bill Durham] #13763891 11/10/20 02:44 AM
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Re: Building your own rods [Re: Bill Durham] #13763962 11/10/20 03:29 AM
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Looks like work out of Billy V's book, with a little Doc Ski and Clemens thrown in.


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Re: Building your own rods [Re: Bill Durham] #13776365 11/19/20 02:54 AM
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I have back problems and can only fish sitting down, so the casting rods made today with the long handles are not usable for me. And nobody makes a decent pistol grip rod anymore, so my only option was to make it myself. I have made a couple using the Mudhole kits and they turned out fine. I am planning to build another one this winter, using a higher quality blank than the one in the kit. I have enough confidence in my ability to build one now that I don't mind spending more money. I would rather just buy a rod, but the whole industry is focused on tournament fishermen and nothing else.

I didn't buy any of the special tools they sell; just used things that I already had. I put the handle in a vice and wrapped the thread by hand. It took about an hour to do each one that way, but I am only building them for my own use so the extra time didn't really matter.

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