The Origin of Foam-Core, Carbon-Skinned Fishing Rod Grips How many of you are old enough to remember the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup advertisement? The one where some guy eating a chocolate bar walks around a corner and bumps into a guy who’s finger scooping peanut butter out of a jar. They look up and…

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The Volume 19 #4 issue of RodMaker is in the mail now. Most subscribers will receive it towards the end of this month.  

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Ladies and Gentlemen: In June of 2008, the custom rod builders guild filed a false criminal complaint against me for “Repeated Use of Electronic Mail for Harassment.”  In October of 2008, having carefully reviewed the evidence, the District Attorney Office dismissed the complaint against me with a “No Crime Charged” notation. Because the club had…

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The 2013 International Custom Rod Building Exposition has already signed several exhibitors. And… the booth contracts were only mailed middle of last week!   The first companies to sign on are:   American Tackle Angler’s Roost Bingham Enterprises Mudhole Custom Tackle United Composites USA Total booths taken: 17. A pretty good start for the first…

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On June 7th, 2001, at 11:24 PM, Wendy Woudstra of Pairowoodies.com made a test post on a new type of forum for custom rod builders. There had never been anything like it before, nor since. At the outset I wanted to provide a public forum for the exchange of custom rod building information that was…

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Compared to the general fishing population, custom rod builders are few and far between.  This is why an event like the Expo, which must support anywhere from 40 to 50 manufacturers and dealers exhibiting in 85 to 90 booths, will only work in a handful of possible locations here in the U.S.   There just…

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  What you can’t see in this panorama, are the folks sitting in the chairs lining the back wall from one side of the hall to the other, nor the people seated at the tables set at the back right and far left hand side of the room. One other thing you can’t see is…

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While I was preparing the photos from last year’s Expo for inclusion in RodMaker, I kept running into a common theme in nearly all of them. No, not custom rod building, although that’s surely the overall reason for the event. Rather, in every single photograph I opened, I was confronted by wide grins and smiles…

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Got a note from Greg Stotesbury at AFTCO Mfg. last week asking me why AFTCO wasn’t on the list of exhibitors for the upcoming 2012 International Custom Rod Building Exposition. After all, AFTCO was among the very first to purchase booth space for the event. The reason was that I simply made a mistake and…

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