Kari Donovan Fishing Rod December 22nd, 2017 - 12:19:41
Now that you know that the core of custom rod-building is the unique selection, customization, design, quality, comfort, aesthetics, performance, and assembly of components into a finished angling "system-of-systems, lets discuss "cost." A common myth is that a "more expensive fishing rod means its better." This statement is disproved with every anglers design that a custom rod builder creates, at reasonable prices compared to similar competitors or the misleading quality of the mass-produced "off-the-shelf variant." Custom builders provide competitive cost advantages by building their fishing rods "one at a time," rendering obsolete the need for exhaustive inventory, labor costs, and material waste. This permits excess capital for the use of top quality components and materials. Additionally, custom builders routinely do not require capital investment and expenditure for overhead business expenses such as: advertising, showrooms, galleries, etc. Another advantage of "one at a time" builds is that high-end components equate to non-corrosive, scratch resistant, and a more durable final product thereby eliminating the need for reinforcing materials, additional assembly processes, and warranty repair.
Another great reason for choosing a custom-built rod is that you have so many choices of premium components! Perhaps you have found the an action that is suited for you, but youre not satisfied with the type of guides, the quality of cork, the thread wraps or perhaps you want to move up to a better quality reel seat. You dont have this type of choice unless you decide an opt for the custom choice. The overall properties of the "Off-The-Shelf (OTS)" fishing rod is extremely dependent on the components attached to the blank, and more importantly the process by which those components are attached to the blank. Thus, the number, type, and placement of guides; the wrapping; and the choice and placement of handle material/components totally affect the end use. When it comes to the overall quality and performance, we all know that not all fishing rods are created equal.
Custom builders are those individuals who learned the "art" of fishing rod construction and have refined the process of engineering the anglers preferred equipment from individual components. Though they do not run industry-sized rod-making machines and normally do not fabricate the individual components, they do have an intimate knowledge of what "works"... and for "what reasons," as well as what does not when it comes to building a custom fishing rod. More importantly, the custom builder is a "master" of ensuring those various components are configured in such a way to derive maximum performance from the finished fishing rod: sensitivity, durability, action, power, comfort, and yes, aesthetics. They also have the "time" from start to finish (i.e., "right the first time") to truly attain maximum performance. Another important consideration of the custom rod-building company is that of technique or application specialization for their products. For instance, the custom builder is able to accurately meet the exacting technical specifications and requirements set forth by an angler whereas an OTS fishing rod is a "what you see is what you get" product.
Recently, this new fishing lure has stormed not only the fishing scene, ranging from the avid recreational angler to bass fishing tournament pro circuits, but the fishing industry as well. So what is this "magic" fishing lure and how has it changed the way we think about fishing? The now infamous "Alabama Rig"- a simple spinner-bait-like fishing rig that provides multiple lures simultaneously to would-be game-fish. Some will argue that the Alabama Rig is just a modification of an old, very well know saltwater tool, the Umbrella Rig. Though,for the most part, true, however, the application is new to most fresh water anglers.