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These are the basic rod components for building a custom fishing rod. These rod options will give you an idea of what options are availible when designing or building your custom fishing rod.
First off and most important thing about the rods we build,is that we want the performance of the rod to
be number one! Colors,designs and special visual options come second. We want the rod to do the most import
job at hand and thats catch fish and do it to the best of it abillity! Some of these parts will help you and the
rod acomplish that.
We will start at the bottom or "butt" of the rod.
Butt caps or gimbles
Butt caps and gimbles are the very bottom part of the rod. Here are some examples below.
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Metal gimbles #1 and #2 are used mostly for offshore style rods. Any heavy rod that needs to be locked in place from moving will use a metal gimble. Metal gimbles will lock rods in to rod holders, fighting chairs and other fight belts.
Rubber butt caps #3 and #4 are primarly used on middle weight rods.These butt caps are more comfortable in cases where the rod is placed up against the body while fighting fish.
Light weight inshore butt caps #5 #6 and #7 are some styles you will see on light weight and inshore applications. They are light in weight and durable.
Grips are the first thing that you will most likely feel when picking up your fishing rod, so we want them to be to your liking and durable enough for your fishing application. Here are some Examples of grip options.
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Grip #1 is your standard eva foam, most common on fishing rods. Eva foam can be used for both bottom and top grips.it is also avalible in differnt colors, shapes and styles.
Grip Option #2 is called x-flock shrink tube.It is a shrinkable rubber material that has exellent gripping qualitys.X-flock can be used over the top of eva foam,cork or placed directly on the blank to add extra grip under wet or harsh conditions.
Grip #3 and #4 is stanard cork in full and split grip configurations. Cork is light in weight and can be shaped and contoured to your style of needs.
The reel seat is the main connection for putting your fishing reel on to the rod so we want to be sure your getting the correct reel seat to fit the reel you will be using. All of these reel seats are avalible in differnt colors options. Here are some basic styles of reel seats.
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Reel seat #1 is a aluminum anodized big game reel seat. This reel seat will be used on most big game rods, shark rods, and any other heavy duty rods.
Reel seat #2 is a conventional trigger style reel seat you will see this seat on high speeds jigging rods and heavy duty conventional style rods.
Reel seat #3 and #4 are your stanard spinning rod reel seats.#3 is a aluminum seat while #4 is a griphite reel seat.
The graphite reel seat is lighter in weight then the aluminun and will be used when try to keep the rod as light as possable.
The last of the reel seats #5 and #6 are graphite inshore style reel seats. #5 is a spinning and #6 is a bait casting style. Both are used on light weight inshore and bass fishing applications.
The guides are a very important feature to you rod. Your rods guides will be decided on how the rod will be used and what type or line size will be used. If a guide is to small some heavy lines and knots will have a hard time passing threw and cause problems so its important to know what size and what type of line you plan on using before picking guides. Guides come a varity of colors and types of materials. Ring type and frame material can be changed to help in the performance of the rod. Here are some examples of differnt types of guides.
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These are your most comman style of ring guides.
Guides #1 and #2 are your heavy duty big game style guides. You will see these guides used on offshore rods, shark rods, trolling rods and heavy duty conventional style rods.These guides can also be used in conjunction with roller guides.
Guide #3 can be used eather as a spinnig guide or a light conventional rod guide.These guides are very comman on medium duty style rods.
The #4 guide is a lowrider surf style guide.They are low frame heavy duty guides used alot in surf fishing applications.You will see this guides used on our high performance surf rods surf rods.
Guide #5 and #6 are tangle free style guides that are used on light weight inshore style rods.They have a angle built in to them to reduce tangles. #5 guide is a double foot guide apossed to #6 witch is a single foot.a single foot guide is used on smaller rods where the extra strength is not needed.
Roller guides are manly used in offshore and on big game fish big game fishing rods. Roller guides come in 4 comman sizes,30lb, 50lb, 80lb and 130lb class sizes. Sizes will based on line size and reel size that will be used.
Roller guides and very strong and can reduce friction on the line as it passes threw the guides,this is a major benefit when using large lines and heavy drag pressures. Roller guides #1 are a steel framed heavy duty roller guide while #2 roller guides are a aluminum framed guide. Both are vey strong and heavy duty. Some roller guides are availible in roller bearing or bushing style bearings. In some situations roller guides can be used together with ring guides.Some of our rods will use a roller tip top guide and a roller bottom guide called the stripper guide with standard ring guides inbetween the two rollers. This makeS for a light weight package that is very strong.
The blank of the rod is the main structure or foUndation to how your rod will act or perform. Rod blanks can vary in materials used in construction of them anything from fiberglass, e-glass, s-glass carbonfibers, graphite and even carbon kevlar are use to build rod blanks.The materials used for the rod balnk will determan the strenth,senstivity and stiffness of the rods action.
The above chart is designed to show you how and what rod bending actions mean. Extra fast, fast , moderate and slow are all terms used to describe the action of blanks. A extra fast rod blank will have a very soft and flexable tip.This will help the angler feel and see the bite as its happening. On the total oppsite end of the scale is the slow rod action, this action is used most big game heavy duty rods and trolling rods. Slow action is used when sensitivity is not needed as much as strenth is.
Dont worry we can help you decide what action is correct for you application.
These are just some of the basic components that make up a fishing rod. We can help you with all these desicions,thats part of what we do. This is just some basic info to help guide you along in the wonder adventure of building your own high performance custom fishing rod!
Aluinum butts are avalible in curved or strait models.Best for trolling and heavy duty rods