Custom rod builders who rely on the internet for the bulk of their rod building information and education will always lag behind those who subscribe to RodMaker.
When did you first hear of Micro Guides, Carbon Skinned Grips, The Common Cents System, Marbling, Free Form or Beaded Wraps?Â When you attend a rod building seminar and watch a demonstration on how to flock your own grips, inlay snake skin, create a true â€œthreadlessâ€ guide wrap, or spin your own metal components, did you stop to wonder where the presenter learned the technique? When you saw your first Birch BarkÂ Grip or Off-Angle Inlay, did you wonder where these were first unveiled? The answer to all of the above is, of course,Â RodMaker Magazine. And this is only the tip of the iceberg.
RodMaker is first with most of the new ideas and methods that make the modern rod building craft what it is.Â The hundreds of completely new, innovative and ground breaking techniques that have appeared in RodMaker over the past 15 years have only trickled down to the internet months, and in some cases, years later.
While RodMaker has long been known for the high quality rod building information it presents, itâ€™s also a very attractive publication. While the appearance of a magazine is secondary to the information it presents, being able to present that information in a pleasing, easy on the eyes format is an added benefit to the reader.
RodMaker is printed on heavy, bright white, glossy stock. Of course, this costs more to print and mail than a publication done on lesser stock, and although not absolutely necessary, it goes a long way in providing the reader with a sturdy and substantial magazine that is suitable for long term reference.Â Many, if not most RodMaker subscribers, save their RodMaker copies for years on end.
So how much does such a high quality publication, with the newest rod building techniques and methods cost? Not much, really.Â Six full issues, mailed to your doorstep, is just $27.95. That comes out to just $4.66 per issue. Last time I checked, a Big Mac Value Meal was considerably more than that, and while tasty, wonâ€™t teach you a thing about building better custom fishing rods.