The biggest difference between modern 21st century rod building and that of a couple or three decades ago is the plethora of parts and pieces available to current custom builders.
Not so very long ago custom rod builders were required to possess a great deal of creativity. They had no other choice – the selection of parts available to them was limited enough that modifications of certain components was almost always a necessity. This was particularly true where rod blanks were concerned. If a builder wanted a specific length, action and power, it was rare that heâ€™d find that exact combination. The only way to get it was to extend, or more often trim, to arrive at the desired length. In fact, where modifying a rod blank these days is the exception, it was the rule back in the 1970â€™s and 1980â€™s.
Component colors? Forget about it.Â Guide frames were black or chrome. Glass rod blanks were painted yellow, black or white. Graphite models were available in one color – natural charcoal grey. If your customer wanted a color theme to match his boat or similar, you achieved it with thread – the only thing that came in a variety of colors.
Times change and lately where custom rod building is concerned, theyâ€™ve changed for the better.