Because of my position as editor and publisher of the worldâ€™s most popular rod building magazine, along with being the owner and organizer of the worldâ€™s largest custom rod event, I have to be careful what I say when asked what my preferred blanks and components are. A nod towards one can be seen as an insult to another. And yes, I do get asked. Almost daily, in fact.
I built rods professionally for many years and held what I believe were very high standards, not only in my own work, but for the blanks and component parts I used. I did not build to a price point – I built to a performance level and then arrived at the required selling price, whatever that turned out to be.
These days I only build rods for myself and have no reason at all to be frugal. I enjoy good equipment and will not use anything that I feel is even marginally deficient in any aspect. I can afford the best and the best is what I buy and use.
So what blanks and components do I prefer when I build a rod for myself? Iâ€™d like to tell you, but going back to the original statement in this post, I just canâ€™t do it. I will say this – never before in the history of custom rod building have custom builders had such a varied and myriad selection of quality blanks and components available to them. In fact, unless youâ€™re buying from a shady character standing in an alley along a darkened street, you really canâ€™t do too badly with any of the name brand stuff out there today.