Building a custom rod

Here's how it works! If you want a fully custom rod, the choices are almost endless. First, you will need to select the components that you would like, below I have listed the main categories needed to complete a rod. Once you have decided what you would like, we will get a quote for cost of materials, including any specialty items (let's say you want a fly rod handle turned out of a piece of curly maple), from there we add $150 for labor and supply you with a full quote price. Make sure you check out the rod gallery for inspiration.

Please email us at contiscustomrods@gmail.com with any questions or for a quote!

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Component Choices

Rod Blanks

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Building a great rod starts like building a fine classic car, it has to have a solid frame and that frame is the blank it is built on. Each rod blank is selected based on your personal fishing needs. We use only the finest blanks on the market, made here at home in the U.S.A! 

Handles/Grips

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We build everything from natural cork handles to custom turned wooden handles. We import all of our cork directly from Portugal right at the source and our carbon fiber grips are made in the U.S.A.

Reel Seats

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From fly rods to salmon rods, we use only the best! We specialize in finding solutions that give you a "one of a kind" look or watch the budget, depending on what you need.

Guide Trains

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We do our best to find not only the best guides for the smoothest casts, but also look at the final set up on the rod before they are set in place permanently to ensure they are spaced perfectly for each individual blank. We have several options for most of our rods, so feel free to ask if you have a specific desire. We do use Snake Brand guides exclusively on all of our fly rods. 

Trim rings/Winding Checks/Butt Caps

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Whether you want plain and simple or you are looking for a more classy look, we have what you are looking for. All of our trim rings, winding checks and butt caps are made by top quality manufactures. There are lots of color options, so make sure to let us know what you are looking for!

Thread Wrap

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Got a special color palate that you need us to match? No problem, we have a large variety of colors in the shop and we are capable of finding just about any color you can imagine.

Special Additions

Marbling

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Each pattern is unique and no two are ever the same, which makes this a fun way to be creative and give your rod a special look. Add $35/rod

Tiger Wraps

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There is no doubt that a tiger wrap adds flare to a custom rod! Since you will never really know exactly how the pattern will come out, it's kind of like opening a gift and getting a surprise every time. Add $35/rod

Custom Cork Handles

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Having the ability to create custom shapes in grips as well as a variety of colors and designs makes cork a great way to personalize your rod as well. We have many choices in colors and we can do a ton of creative designs, let your imagination run and we'll see if we can match it! Add $75/rod

Deco Wraps

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Still a relatively new skill, but one that is sure to add another level of creativity to a build. If you have a decorative wrap you would like to have added, get it in touch with us! We never shy from an opportunity to grow and try new things. Cost varies depending on design  

Custom Painted Blanks

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Wish your rod was the same color as this native wild flower? Who wouldn't? We can do custom colors. Please check with us on the color you are looking for and we'll see if we accommodate. Cost varies depending on color and qty ordered.

Feather In-lay

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Adding a feather in-lay to your build brings a whole new level of creativity to YOUR custom rod. Got a feather from a once in lifetime hunt? We can make it a part of your story on the water too! Email for a quote!