Some Straight Talk…

I don’t expect the public at large to get everything right. And even for all the good the internet has done, it has done more to expedite incorrect information than any other medium in history. Sometimes RodMaker is the target of such incorrect or misleading information and when that happens I feel obligated to set the record straight.


RodMaker Magazine has been around for more than just a few years. In fact, RodMaker is nearing its 15th year of publication. In that time it has published far more rod building information than any other custom rod building periodical. Remember, RodMaker has always been a full sized publication and has always published 6 issues a year! Currently the number of rod building articles that have appeared in RodMaker tops the 1000 mark! And we’re only talking about bona fide “how-to” articles, not tips or editorial comments.


Currently the price for a RodMaker subscription is just $27.95. That’s only $4.66 per copy by subscription. Compare that to the price of any other rod building periodical.


In short, RodMaker isn’t some “Johnny come lately” magazine. It’s been around a long time and will be around for some time to come.  It’s gained far and away the largest circulation of any rod building periodical in history and continues to gain new readers every issue. In fact, RodMaker’s circulation is over 25 times that of any other rod building magazine! RodMaker is also where most of the new rod building techniques are found (usually months or even years before they trickle down to the internet) and yet it sells for less than any other rod building publication.


There, you heard it from the horse’s mouth. Click the back issue page button to the left to see what we’ve been up to these past 15 years. The proof is in the pudding and where RodMaker is concerned, the proof is in print!


Tom Kirkman





  1. Gerry Hanaford Jr. on May 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I have always said that Rodmaker is TWICE the magazine for just ONE HALF the price. Keep up the great work. Thanks.

  2. Pat Helton on May 29, 2011 at 1:01 am

    My apologies Tom. I did not know how long that Rodmaker has been published but I did know that Rodcrafters was started before your magazine. I seem to recall that there was a period that Rodcrafters was not published however I am not sure about that.

    • PTYoung on May 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      Interesting comment saying that you did not know how long Rodmaker had been around but in your earlier statement you said it had only been around “a few years.” Looks like another crawfish on your part. That’s Southern talk for making a false statement and then trying to back out of it when the facts prove you wrong. I think most knew what your intent was. It’s not the first time you’ve done this to somebody, in fact you seem to do it on a regular basis.

    • PAULY on May 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      When you do it over and over and over and over again,, the apologies start to get more than a little insincere.

  3. David Dosser on May 29, 2011 at 2:43 am

    I completely agree. It is by far the best rod building material that I have ever or ever will read. It has helped me tremendously in just 3 short year. Keep up the great work, and Thank you for your hard work..

  4. SammyT on May 29, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I saw it. The same guy makes trouble everywhere he goes, making stuff up and then backing away. Good for you to get the correct info out there but I don’t think anyone believes this guy anyway. He’s known for doing this sort of stuff.

  5. DD on May 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    The mag is great. Always good when it was half B&W and half Color, but now that it is ALL Color everything really jumps off the page!

    Wish you offered a lifetime subscription. You should think about it.

  6. Johnny Salvadori on May 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I don’t buy Rodmaker because it sells for less than the competition. I buy it because it’s the BEST rod building pub out there. I even take it off on my schedule C form as a business expense because I consider it a part of my rod building educational expense. The IRS agrees as this came up in an audit I had to go through a couple years ago. Can’t tell you how many great ideas and things I’ve learned from the pub. Keep up the good work.

  7. PDNew on May 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I think you should offer a lifetime subscription. Sometimes I forget to renew on time and end up missing an issue so I have to buy it as a back issue. It would be worth it to me to pay for a lifetime subcription so I no longer have to worry about when to renew. Or even go back to a three year subscription at least. Saves time and lost issues.

  8. DRDale on June 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Always be wary of any guy that wraps himself up in the flag and uses it to make himself immune to any scrutiny of any kind or who brands anyone that questions his activities as being unpatriotic. This guy is well known for that and it has raised more than a little doubt about his program.