THE RIGHT COMPONENTS
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is vital to choose the correct blank, the correct weight class, sections
and action (and flex), and the correct components to suit your needs and your targeted
species of fish. When you contact me for a custom built
rod, I will ask you questions to ascertain what rod would be most suited for your needs,
and then suggest a rod type, weight and
Things to consider is species targeted, travel
ability (breaks down for travel), action, colour, reputation, price,
warranty offered, etc.
Choose from Sage, CTS, Winston, Thomas & Thomas, St. Croix, TFO, Rainshadow, Forecast, Pacific Bay,
American Tackle, and many more.
REEL SEAT COMPONENTS
Once you have chosen your blank, the next step is to choose a reel seat and insert which compliments the blank.
There are many choices...from wood, graphite and aluminium
inserts (spacers)...to nickel and aluminium reel seat components, in varied finishes
and colours. For example...Nickel Silver, Titanium, Gunsmoke,
Black, TiCH, etc. You have to consider other factors too, like is the rod going to be
used in Saltwater? Then an all-aluminium reel seat may be best suited.
You can also have a fighting butt added to the back of the reel seat,
which is common
rod weights size #6 and up. I can turn you a custom spacer from an exotic or
local hardwood, like Wild Olive, Kiaat, Pau Rosa, Rhodesian Teak, or
Next item to consider is the grip. Most popular choices are
cork grips. They come in various grades of quality, and the best quality comes from Portugal.
Of late very good
quality cork is becoming scarce, so I buy in bulk direct from the supplier.
Other factors to consider is shape...Full Wells, Reverse Half Wells, Cigar, and so forth. For very light rods, cigar is
preffered (and on bamboo rods),
for freshwater the norm is reverse half wells, and for saltwater full
wells (with a fighting butt, and sometimes a forward fighting grip
too, creating a double grip.
Many 12wt rods and up have these mounted.) Have your grip all-cork (as
shown) or customised, with burl and rubber cork inserts. (See below
I also seal all my cork grips with cork-seal...to make them durable,
resist chipping and cracking, prevent filled pits from falling out, and
protect it from UV rays.
rest of the components
You also have to choose guides, stripping guides,
winding checks and tip-tops. Guides come in many different shapes,
sizes and finishes. Again, you have to consider what the rod will be
used for. If it's for saltwater use, consider stainless steel guides
to prevent rust. Tip tops come in standard, large and extra large loop
sizes. You can choose single foot guides (as shown), or
traditional snake guides. They all come is varied finishes, like
chrome, stainless steel, TiCH, plated, and so forth, in various colours.
Winding checks can be black PVC (rubber) or aluminium, also in a range
of finishes, styles and colours.
Choose these components to compliment the rod blank, and to suit your
Lastly, you also have a choice of thread wrap colours, and the finishes
thereof. a Popular choice is to make the threads go translucent after
finish is applied, by not
using a colour preserver on the threads. You can also decide on trim
wraps of course. Then, as an added touch, have your name written on the
blank, to give it that
I will offer guidance through the whole process, with solid advice. In the
end, I will make sure you have a rod that is beautiful to look at and
to cast, and will provide
you with many memorable days fishing.
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