I can answer questions on custom rod building and rod restoration and rod repair for bamboo, graphite and fiberglass fishing rods. I also have experience in estimating the value of vintage rods and determining the original manufacturer.
I operate a custom rod building business providing fly rods, spey rods, casting and spinning rods in bamboo graphite and fiberglass. I also operate a custom rod building school where myself and other professional rod builders teach individuals to build custom rods. I have a personal interest in vintage rods and have a small collection of reference books and articles which often help shed light on the origins of the older rods.
Rod Builders International, Rod Builders Institute
Web Site: www.blackdogtackle.com, www.rodbuildersinternational.com, www.rodbuildersinstitute.com
BS, Business Administration, University of Tulsa
I have a large number of individual clients for whom I have designed and built custom fishing rods of all types. I also have two commercial clients for whom I build private label rods, one in the USA and one in Europe.
There is always something new to learn.
I have established a formal training facility to provide rod building classes for beginners and continuing education in the craft for experienced builders. There are a number of other professional rod builders who will be participating as instructors and mentors in the Rod Builders Institute. Contact me directly for additional information and class schedules.
Every rod is different just as every angler is different. The key to success in this field is learning enough about rod design and the individual angler to be able to create the optimal matchup between angler and rod.
Ask 100 rod builders how to do something related to rod building and you will get 103 different answers.
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Hi Kevin, Sounds interesting. Can you send me some photos of the rod? Send them to email@example.com and I'll review them for you and see what I can find out about the rod. Is it a wooden
Hi Gene, Value of the rod will depend on actual condition of the rod, bag and tube. As you inspect the rod try to be objective and choose a category for condition of each component and overall package
Hi Jamie, According to the A.J. Cambell book, Classic and Antique Fly Fishing Tackle: Herbert J. Frost was the principal salesman for the U.S. Net & Twine company in 1896 when he started his own company
Hi Bill, Sorry, but my knowledge of vintage reels is very limited. I am not familiar with these and I do not have any reference material on either type. You might do some searching for online discussion
Hi Jim, Many different rods prior to WW II were sold in aluminum tubes...also in cardboard tubes and prefit round holders. Many rods built today are still sold in aluminum tubes. There have been plastic
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