I’m loving it…

RodMaker has always been a colorful publication. The cover, the Readers Photo Gallery and a several of the advertisements have all been in color since the 3rd or 4th issue back in 1998. But earlier this year, RodMaker moved to a complete 4-color process on each and every page.


Lana's Marlin, from V14 #2

While the quality of content didn’t change, the appearance of it did. Suddenly everything is brighter, bolder, more upscale. I’ve always believed that in order to get people to actually enjoy reading something, you’ve got to make it attractive. The addition of all the new color allows me to do just that.


article from V14 #4

Although this format change cost a lot more money, I think it was worth it. And it won’t cost the readers one more red cent – the subscription price will remain the same as always.

upcoming article from Doug Hannon

I’m having a great deal of fun with the layouts recently. Stay tuned for further improvements as we continue through 2011- you haven’t seen anything yet.


Tom Kirkman




  1. TAS on August 17, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    The world’s #1 rod building mag just got even better! Really have enjoyed all the new stuff in the last two issues. Thanks Tom, for all you do for us.

  2. Ken Preston on August 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    The best really does keep on getting better. More color, sharper print/contrast, more articles. Great stuff