A Shameless Plug…

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?  When you attend a rod building seminar and watch a demonstration on how to flock your own grips, inlay snake skin, create a true “threadless” 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 Bark Grip or Off-Angle Inlay, did you wonder where these were first unveiled? The answer to all of the above is, of course, 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.  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, it’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.  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.  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, won’t teach you a thing about building better custom fishing rods.


Tom Kirkman







  1. R.Devore on September 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Its amusing to see the internet crowd crowing about what they think is something new when I saw it presented in Rodmaker three or four years earlier. RM is the best money I spend on rod building in a years time. Keeps me ahead of the pack.

  2. SamT on September 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    The price is way too low considering the information it contains and the quality involved. A real bargain by today’s standards.

  3. FrankP on September 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Always been a great mag. Look forward to every issue.

  4. PatongBeach on September 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I wanted to thank you for all you do for us once again. You FORGOT to mention that in addition to your $27.95 getting you six issues of the best rod building magazine on the planet, you also get FREE ADMISSION to the Rodmaker Reception each year with all the FREE FOOD and FREE DOOR PRIZES. Plus there was a $5 off coupon to the big Rod Expo in my winter mag last year. There is not another magazine under the sun of any type that gives so much value for the price.

  5. JWilkerson on September 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    The key for me is that you always stay focused on custom rod building. Even your forum at rodbuilding.org is all about rod building and nothing else. You never get on the Peyton Place soap opera track that the other forums or mags do. When I visit a forum and see a bunch of non rod building banter I find it a real turn off and go elsewhere. Stay focused on rod building and you will continue to succeed. The average custom rod builder wants to hear about rod building, not dirty laundry or the latest gossip. But you already know that! Just keep doing what you are doing.

  6. Franch on September 12, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I had never seen the inside of the magazine before now. I did not know that it looked this nice. Very impressive. Will be subscribing today.

  7. EdSabatini on September 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I was an early subscriber to RM and let it drop when I was called up to serve overseas for a year and a half. Came back and slowly got back into rod building again. Resubscribed and was happy to see that RM only get even better while I was out of the hobby for a while. It is a terrific magazine for anyone serious about building custom fishing rods.

  8. Harmon on September 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I always bought Rodmaker for the great information and ideas. The expensive paper and photography have been just icing on the cake. Like the heavy mailing protector wrap to. Keeps the mag in good shape traveling through the USPS. Another nice touch. Thanks.

  9. Magdalene on September 15, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Your magazine is valueable for me. Thanks!…