How many rod builders start a rod building project and then never finish it? I seem to do that more and more these days.Â Itâ€™s been almost 15 years since I last built a rod for sale and since that time Iâ€™ve not really had much reason to build more rods for myself – I already have multiple rods for each type of fishing that I do.
But ideas for new rods still pop into my head on a constant basis. Often they stem from a method or technique Iâ€™m developing for the magazine. Other times theyâ€™re just ideas that I feel compelled to take from the mental to the physical stage. Rarely, however, do they entail completing the entire rod. As such, Iâ€™ve ended up with dozens of half-finished rod projects. Most only need to have guides wrapped and coated in order to be complete. But time is short and with no real need for the rod itself many of these half-finished rods have languished for years now.
Of course Iâ€™m occasionally forced to take a project all the way to completion – there are some ideas and techniques that require proving out in the real world before they can become a part of a RodMaker article. So new, completed rods, do still roll out of the RodMaker shop from time to time.
Still, wrapping guides was never much fun for me. I found it easy, but repetitive in nature and therefore Iâ€™m not much interested in finishing out rods that were never really required to be fished in the first place. So they sit, half completed, gathering dust.
Iâ€™m reminded of the rod builder I once met who showed me over a hundred beautiful custom rods heâ€™d built, but which he had absolutely no use for. He said he didnâ€™t fish – never had and never would. He just enjoyed the process of building rods.