Custom Fishing Rods: Mistakes, Tips, Shortcuts & More
By: Joe Simonds on October 1, 2019
Growing up, Luke and I always thought that the reel was the most important component of our rod and reel setup.
We would buy fancy, expensive reels and put them on cheap rods.
Finally, we (and by we I mean Luke) learned that the rod is actually the more important of the two…
The rod is making far and accurate casts, setting the hook, and providing power as you’re fighting a big fish.
The reel is just gathering in line.
And since the rod is so important, we’ve had a lot of requests for more information about fishing rods on the podcast, especially custom rods, so we brought on Brandon Elinich of Black Pelican Custom Rods.
In this episode, we cover a ton, including:
- The difference between good and bad rods (and how to tell if one is overpriced)
- Everything you wanted to know about rod grips, guides, action and blanks
- The advantages of having a custom rod as opposed to a store-bought rod
- How Brandon became a custom rod maker (and how you can, too)
- What he wishes someone told him about rod making before he got started
- What tools and materials you need to make your own rods
- What exactly graphene is (hint: it’s a material that is 200x stronger than steel, harder than a diamond, and flexible!)
One of our Insider members, Ariel Rodriguez, is a customer of Black Pelican, and he let Tony try out his custom rod the other day.
Both of them have raved about the quality and performance, and Brandon really knows his stuff, so I know you’re going to get a lot out of this episode.
We have a video version of this podcast where you can see some different examples of rod guides, wraps, and seats, or you can listen to the audio version by clicking the play button below the video, or on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.
Custom Fishing Rods [VIDEO]
Custom Fishing Rods [PODCAST]
- Everything You Must Know About Saltwater Fishing Rods [With TFO’s Jim Shulin]
- The Story Behind A Florida Fishing Reel Start-Up
I learned a ton about fishing rods and building custom rods in this episode and I hope you did, too!
If you want to order your own Black Pelican custom fishing rod, or just keep up with Brandon and his company, you can do so at the links below:
Have any more questions about fishing rods?
Let us know in the comments below!
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