A Little Unknown History…

Here is some history that most don’t know – The Common Cents System was NOT developed for custom rod builders. It was developed for rod and blank manufacturers. It was Dr. Hanneman’s hope that no fishermen would ever need to know where the figures came from or how they were obtained, and simply used them as…

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RodBuilding.Org Sale

The heart and soul of everything I’ve considered most important within what I do in the custom rod building industry has been RodMaker Magazine. I have always seen it as far and away the most important aspect of the three major rod building businesses I’ve run, RodBuilding.org and the International Custom Rod Building Exposition being…

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“Cheaters”

For the first time in my 63 years of life I find myself at the mercy of my eyesight. Less than 6 months ago I could still read the date on the face of a dime. My opthamologist  remarked that I might be one of those rare individuals that could possibly escape deterioration of my…

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Experimentation…

There is value in trying things yourself. This morning I was playing with a 6’6” freshwater spinning rod. Decided to try all the known modern guide systems on it – MicroWave, KW, GPS, and 27X. It confirmed what I already knew – that among any good, properly implemented modern guide system, the difference in casting…

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New Books

Two new RodMaker Special Publication books will debut at the upcoming 2022 International Custom Rod Building Exposition – Magic Wands & Legacy by Rich Forhan and Creative Rod Crafting by Nuno Paulino. 

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New Issue

RodMaker Magazine Volume 25 #1 will mail on February 1st, 2022. Most subscribers will receive it around the 3rd week of February. This issue also marks the magazine’s 25th year of publication.

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Location, Location, Location…

Surely there is a better place to host an international custom rod building event than Winston-Salem, NC, right? Actually no, and this has been proven at least a dozen or more times in the past two decades. Numerous attempts at large scale rod building events have been pursued in Southern California, Washington State, Texas, Kentucky,…

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New Issue Mails Monday

The latest issue of RodMaker Magazine, Volume 24 #5, mails Monday October 4th. Most subscribers will receive it during the 3rd week of October. Some will get it a little sooner, others a little later.

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