RodMaker Reception

One of the perks for RodMaker subscribers who attend the International Custom Rod Building Exposition each year is the RodMaker Magazine Reception. This annual event takes place on the eve just prior to opening day of the Expo. It’s free for any and all RodMaker subscribers.


The Reception features free refreshments (light hor d’oervres and tea/water). If you like something a little stronger, an alcohol cash bar is on hand with beer and wine available.


Of course it’s worth mentioning that we normally give away close to 100 free door prizes and this year is no different. No, this isn’t a raffle – it doesn’t cost anything to enter. No one can “stuff” the ticket box in order to win the big ticket items. Everyone has a chance – the same chance – to win something, including no less than 4 rod lathes/wrappers, including a Renzetti Master Rod Lathe!

All in all it’s a fun, relaxing time with good people, good food and lots of free “stuff.” The Centennial Station, located about 2 blocks east of the Showplace (121 South Centennial Street) will again be the host location for the event. The building is a renovated train depot that exudes a great deal of warmth and charm. Hope to see you there on February 24th, just after 6:30 PM.  You’re guaranteed to have a great time!


Tom Kirkman


PS Don’t arrive early!  Doors will not open prior to 6:30PM and the only waiting area will be outside. If it’s seasonably cold, it won’t be comfortable outside! The line moves quickly so there’s no reason to arrive prior to 6:30PM.


Partial List of Free Door Prizes (more TBA)


Renzetti Master Rod Lathe  -  Renzetti/RodMaker Magazine


Tour Star Replaceable Grip  -  Tour Star

Tour Star Split Grip Combo


Three sets Kigan Zero Tangle Micro Guides  -  Hydra Fishing


Power Wrapper  -  American Tackle

Rod Dryer


Rod Jacket/Reel Cover  -  Angler Innovations


Numerous Snake Skins  -  The Skin Shop USA


Two “your choice” blanks  -  Batson Enterprises

ALPs Power Wrapper


MicroWave Guide Set  -  Swampland Tackle


React Pro Series Bass Rod  -  Seeker Rod Company

Seeker Fishing “Hoodie”


One 14 foot Euro Spey Rod  -  Angler’s Roost

#104M Aluminum Fly Reel


Peel & Stick Decals ($35)  -  Decal Connection


Iridescent Fish Decals ($25) – Bil-mardecals


MHX Blank (your choice)  -  Mud Hole Custom Tackle

MHX Fishing Pliers

ProWrap Metallic Thread Kit (12 spools)

ProWrap Thread Assortment (17 spools)


Four Premium Rod Blanks  -  Lamiglas


Twelve Kits New Aftcoat Epoxy Finish  -  AFTCO


Four Rod Blanks  -  St. Croix Rod Company


Eco Rod Wrapper  -  The Rod Shop, Inc.


Four Rod Shop Aprons  -  Mickel’s Custom Rods


Three BingSHX Rod Blanks  -  Bingham Enterprises

One North Fork Composites Rod Blank


Four Guide Placement and Set-Up CDs  -  RodMaker Magazine

Renzetti Rod Lathe


Two Sheets Tacy Mop Veneer  -  Angler’s Envy


One Set Fuji Titanium SiC K-Series Guides (your choice)  -  Anglers Resource

One Set Fuji Ti SiC KR Concept Guides (your choice)

Fuji Hand Wrapper

Fuji Finishing Motor


Two FishHawk Thread Assortments  -  FishHawk Thread


Autographed Guide to Thread Weaving Book  -  Jim Upton


Three ThreadMaster Epoxy Kits  -  RodDancer Products

Three All-In-On Kits


Permalign Channel Lock Seat  –  Pacific Bay International

Quickline 9′ 6-weight blank

Quickline 9′ 10-weight blank

Four Minima Casting Reel Seats

Four Minima Spinning Reel Seats

Two Minima Guide Ring Sets


Century Surf Rod Blank  –  Hatteras Jack

More TBA…





  1. SB on January 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    No other magazine or publication does anything remotely like this for its subscribers. Just another sample of the unwavering commitment you have to giving your customers a value unequaled in all of the custom rod building craft. My wife and I probably eat more food at the reception than we pay for our entire subscription. Not to mention the prizes we have won over the years. Mostly her!

  2. Gramps on January 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Its a good thing you are doing for the rod builders. Nobody else would bother to spend the time and money to put on something like this. No speeches or nothing, just good food and free stuff. Still waiting to win but this year will be my lucky year.

  3. HarryK on January 26, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Tom, you continue to do more, for more people, for less, than anyone else. This is why the majority of the craft flocks to your magazine and show. Too many companies these days do not understand the term “value.” You continue to offer value in spades.