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Micro Guides: the Small Way to Get Big Performance
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For years, rod builders have been debating and rating micro guides. These guides used to be rare, but now micro guides are readily available and much more popular in modern angling. Although micro guides have recently become more popular, few fishermen really know why. Going with Micro guides certainly has its pros and cons. But, […]

Top 5 Rod Building Mistakes to Avoid
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The phrase “practice makes perfect” applies to many things, but it certainly has its place in custom rod building. Custom rod building can be a fun hobby, a cool craft, or even a paying profession, so understanding the tips, tricks, and tools of the trade will help you become a more efficient rod builder. Here […]

9 Easy Steps for Creating Trim Bands
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9 Easy Steps for Creating Trim Bands Trim bands help take your custom fishing rod one step further by adding a unique decorative pop. Creating a trim band is a fun and simple way to add decoration, so check out how to enhance your custom rod with that perfect personalized touch. Trim bands are often […]

4 Steps To Building Checkerboard Cork Handles
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4 Steps To Building Checkerboard Cork Handles Building a custom checkerboard cork grip is a cool craft that creates intricate yet functional artwork on your handle assembly. Using just a few tools, a little practice, and some creativity, you will build a checkerboard cork handle as unique as you. Required Equipment & Tools Beginning with […]

3 Steps To Replace Your Broken Fishing Rod Guides
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  3 Steps To Replace Your Broken Fishing Rod Guides Guides, or eyes, function to lead the line down the rod blank and out the tip-top. Sometimes a guide, or even its insert ring may crack, chip, or come off completely. Fishing without a damaged guide is a migraine that will only make a bigger […]

MHX Introduces Elite Pro Series Rod Blanks
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MHX Introduces Elite Pro Series Rod Blanks In the world of fishing, MHX hooked its market by designing, molding, and manufacturing rod blanks that excel in specific fishing applications. MHX rod blanks are now widely recognized for outperforming competitive brands in each application. The latest line of MHX rod blanks—the Elite Pro Series—are no different. […]

How to Find the Right Rod Building Thread
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How to Find the Right Rod Building Thread Threads for custom rod building come in countless colors, sizes, and applications. Finding the right thread for your wrapping purpose is easy once you understand the differences in thread diameter, color, and treatments. More About Wrapping Thread Although the world of wrapping thread seems vast, knowing the […]

American Tackle’s MicroWave Line Control System
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American Tackle’s MicroWave Line Control System In custom rod building, selecting the right guides is vital to the rod’s overall fishing performance. With the introduction of American Tackle’s MicroWave Line Control System, there is now a new design for high performance guides that can best the biggest of bass. Although American Tackle offers the MicroWave […]

Ways to Repair Cork and EVA Handles
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  Ways to Repair Cork and EVA Handles We all have that favorite fishing rod. Maybe a gift or a longtime good luck charm, the point is that it’s the fishing rod we use the most. With the most use, comes the most beating so cleaning and repairing that favorite rod’s grip is important to […]

Pro Angler Jim Dillard Talks Rod Building
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Pro Angler Jim Dillard Talks Rod Building Originally a native of West Monroe, Louisiana, professional angler Jim Dillard made his name as a versatile fisherman who can offer consistent performance across the various bodies of water of the FLW and Bassmaster Open Tours. Getting Hooked on Rod Building In addition to staying competitive on both […]