Eight Weeks and Counting…

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 on the faces of those who attended and displayed.


People come to the Expo for a lot of reasons. Some are here for the big savings on blanks and components that companies only offer during this once a year event. Others come to attend the Expo seminars and increase their rod building knowledge by leaps and bounds.

Some builders say the camaradarie with other builders is why they travel here, often from very long distances. Others say it’s the chance to talk to the actual people who own and operate the companies that make all these fine products for us. After all, who knows a product better than the people who actually design and make it? And there’s more of those people here than at any other rod building event in the world.

Of course we get some media folks too. They’re here to shoot photos for their publications. And we get some general tackle industry people here as well. They’re here to find out what the upcoming trends in fishing rods are going to be.

Yet while these comprise the reasons most state when asked, I think there is an even greater reason they come to the Expo each year. Look at their faces – they’re here to have fun.


Tom Kirkman




  1. Gregp on December 23, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Great blog entry! This is what it’s all about — building custom rods and having fun with other builders!

  2. PaulPierce on December 27, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I know my face was all smiles both days. My wife doesn’t even build rods but she goes around the hall with me and has a great time just looking at all the beautiful rods. There’s plenty to see and do and it’s just the best thing out there for anyone that really likes custom rod building.