If you are reading this blog, more than likely you are an avid angler. You probably have a rather large assortment of fishing rods in your garage or boat locker and there may be a chance a friend or family member has considered submitting your name for an episode of "Hoarders." Of all people, you understand there are options when it's time to purchase another fishing rod. You can walk into any Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's or local bait and tackle store and see aisle upon aisle of take-home-now options just waiting to be purchased. That being said, the question begs, why fish with a custom rod? At Bald Guy Fishing® we believe the answer can be found by looking at three (3) aspects of building a custom rod: uniqueness, design, and performance. Let's look at each one individually and see why a custom rod is right for you.
Each and every custom fishing rod built is unique, and will separate the customer from anglers fishing with products from box store retailers. Maybe you just want to have cooler gear than your friends. There is nothing wrong with that, and the purchase of a custom stick will certainly make that goal a reality. However, uniqueness is just the beginning and isn't limited to aesthetics alone. Custom built fishing rods are one-of-a-kind and precision built to match the customer's unique fishing applications. Some examples include rods built for kayak fishing, tournament anglers or weekend warriors. Many qualities that make a fishing rod unique are a result of the next aspect of rod building we will be discussing -- design.
I can't speak for the other custom rod builders out there, but at Bald Guy Fishing®, the customer is an integral part of the design process. I rely on customer input and feedback because I want to make sure the rod you get back from us is what you envisioned, if not better! You work hard for your money and deserve the best. Customer investment in the process helps me ensure the finished rod meets all required standards and gives the customer a fishing rod they are sure to be proud of for years to come. With the order of a custom rod, you are getting one that can't be purchased in any store. You can design a rod to support your favorite sports team, a business, charity, your fishing club or any number of other potential options. There are endless possibilities and they are all up to you. No matter what purpose you are designing your rod for, or how you want it to look, Bald Guy Fishing® will take special care to ensure that attention is paid to every detail of your custom rod throughout the fabrication process.
There is a misconception floating around out there that custom rods are purely for looks. This couldn't be further from the truth. As anglers and rod builders today, I think we are very lucky. If you follow the fishing industry, or open any magazine dedicated to fishing, you will undoubtedly see the innovation continually taking place in the industry. The winning lures at ICAST always make a huge splash with customers, no pun intended. Innovation in the fishing industry is in no way reserved for tackle alone. I was fortunate enough to attend the International Custom Rod Builder's Exposition this year and the new products are amazing. If you have been paying attention recently, then you have noticed how the custom market is showing up on rods in big box stores. This is no coincidence. Winn Grips has introduced a new line of saltwater grips as well as an overwrap tape that can be applied to quickly and easily add Winn performance to any existing rod. American Tackle Company is still improving on their award winning Microwave Guides and have introduced a new model, Airwave, which are lighter and have increased durability thanks to new zero ring loss technology. You can find rods outfitted with Microwave Guides at your local Academy Sports + Outdoors stores. The good folks at RODgeeks are constantly stepping up their game and have introduced a new surf blank that will surely revolutionize the market. This new blank has one handle and two (2) interchangeable tip sections which will allow the rod to have two (2) completely different actions. The angler can change out the tip section and be able to cover a wide variety of surf fishing applications. You can also get a reel seat through RODgeeks that can be painted to match your RODgeeks blank, or a different color depending on the style needs of your build. Good custom rod builders take your design ideas and build a fishing rod that is not only built to your specifications, but can also be built for your style of fishing and/or a specific lure presentation. Pick up a custom rod built to throw your favorite bait, and you'll feel the difference.
At Bald Guy Fishing® all of our rods are built by hand. We fabricate handles based on specific requirements, guides are strategically spaced and aligned, and special attention is paid to our builds to ensure the end result is a high quality, performance rod. Purchase a custom rod and go fishing with the rod built for you and how you like to fish. Now enjoy catching fish with the increased performance gained from confidence in your custom fishing rod. This is why at Bald Guy Fishing® our motto is, "Uniquely Built for Superior Performance".
May your lines be tight and your rods bent,
The Bald Guy