Custom Fishing Rods, Indian Trail, NC
There’s no comparison between finely tuned, custom fishing rods made by expert craftsmen and factory “off-the-shelf” rods from a discount store chain. Once you wrap your hands around a custom fishing rod designed for your unique application and fish species, you’ll never consider another production, store-bought fishing rod again.
Advantages of a Custom Fishing Rod
Rod blank manufacturers mass produce rod blanks by building up layers upon layers of fiberglass, graphite, and resin around a mandrel which is removed after the rod has cooled. Each blank is precision sanded and the final finish applied.
Each blank is “graded“ with only the best rod blanks set aside for sale to custom rod builders - which would be, yours truly. You can take pride in knowing that your rod blank is guaranteed to be the "cream of the crop" from thousands of “off the shelf” blanks.
Why some spend thousands of dollars on boats, electronics, but compromise for an “off the shelf”, inferior fishing rod from a discount chain, is beyond me. Handle a quality, custom built rod based specifically on your height, grip and application, and you'll never go back to a budget, production rod again.
The Spline: Every rod blank has a strongest side known as the “spline or spine." A series of stress tests are performed to locate the optimum spline of the rod. The result is that the fish gets to fight the strongest part of the blank. Mass production rod manufactures often do not take the time to do these tests. We do.
The Guides: We offer a wide range of guides for any application. We choose only the best guides from several manufacturers to include Aftco, Batson, American Tackle, Angler's Workshop, Fuji, PacBay and more. We'll make the recommendations, but you choose the type of guides you want on your new custom rod.
We perform static stress tests on each rod to determine optimal guide placement which you will never get in an “off the shelf” mass produced rod.
Handles/Rod Butts: Your choices include cork, EVA foam, Hypalon foam grips, and Winn Grips. We have hundreds of reel seats with a variety of colors to choose from, based on your application.
The Grips: We have a wide variety of grips available to chose from. Each grip is custom sized and cut to the proper length and fitted to the blank using only the best waterproof epoxy available.
The Finish: Typically, three to five coats of rod epoxy finish are hand applied to the guide wraps while each rod is rotating on a drying rack. This process takes up to three days to complete in order to acquire an imperfection-free finish on the rod. Special UV protectants in the finish prevent “yellowing” and will keep your custom rod looking new for years.
Thread Colors: Top quality nylon and metallic wrapping thread are used in wrapping our rods in your choice of color combinations.
Customization: Each rod can be tailored to your specifications and can be personalized with your name and any other special graphics or enhancements that you desire to make your rods truly unique. We can show you a wide variety of options available.
At Dixie Rod and Reel, we will work with you to make sure that you are totally satisfied with your custom rod. Each blank is warranted for the life of the rod, and comes with our satisfaction/money back guarantee. Ask about special discounts for multiple rod sets purchased together.
Turnaround Time: Unlike our rod and reel repair services in which we strive for 48-hour turnaround time, a custom rod is vastly different. After blank and components are chosen, your new custom rod goes through a very thorough and tedious process. This process includes all of the above-mentioned steps as we carefully fit each component precisely to your rod blank. In addition, detailed custom wrapping, if ordered, lengthens the process. Each custom rod build is different, so you will be given an approximate turnaround time once we know the specifics of your new custom build.
Average times for a custom build without custom wraps are approximately two weeks once all the components arrive. For builds with custom wraps, those will be estimated at the time of the order, but generally, allow around four to six weeks.
For serious anglers in the Monroe, Indian Trail, Matthews, Mint Hill, Pineville and Charlotte NC area, there’s only ONE place to go for quality custom fishing rods; Dixie Rod & Reel. Email or call us at: 704 236 0897 for more information.