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Old 08-13-2019, 06:36 AM
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I've always wanted to build my own rods and a couple months ago I was invited to an estate sale and ended up with the guys lifetime of rod building stuff. I'd like to make some down rigger rods to start with but searching for blanks is somewhat overwhelming, can someone here recommend a blank?

They will be fresh water use trolling for salmon and lake trout very seldom over 20 pounds, and if it makes a difference, I will be Using Charter Special reels on them.
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:38 AM
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Go to mudhole.com
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:39 AM
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I personally like St Croix. If you want a jump[ start, go to one of mudhole's beginner classes. I make my own rods as well as many custom poles for friends.
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:42 AM
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Go to mudhole.com

I've been on all of suppliers sites and talked to some of the sales people and the choices are overwhelming.

I'm hoping someone here can help narrow it down for me.
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:46 AM
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Originally Posted by airbrush View Post
I personally like St Croix. If you want a jump[ start, go to one of mudhole's beginner classes. I make my own rods as well as many custom poles for friends.
Thanks, I plan on taking a class over the winter,
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:21 AM
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Only you know exactly what you want from a blank. Find a couple that fit your specifics and go finger bang them at the closest dealer to you
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:07 AM
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Try posting this in the Great Lakes section. Probably get better answers from guys that fish this way.
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I’d start with a couple less expensive rods as the first two to build. You’ll get a feel for it and really hash out what works and what doesn’t in your first two. By my third build ever I had it down to where I could put out a great build, all the basic components were structurally perfect, albeit the rod was a simple build. I was confident in the workmanship by then to trust it on a solid fish. I still have that rod and fish it regularly.

The absolute BEST advice I can give you is to not be afraid to cut it off if it’s not perfect and start over. This way you’ll get some practice and get the time in to really figure out what works for you. When you put rod finish on it will make great work look amazing but will also highlight any overlapping thread or mistakes, so really take the time to pack thread and make sure that all your wraps have the right tension and spacing.

Do it the right way the first time and use quality components and you’ll have a rod that will last a long time!! And you’ll save yourself a lot of headache in the long run of having to go back and fix any mistakes when they fail, trust me I’ve been there, and I’ve seen it with many other rods that I’ve repaired.

Best of luck, it’s a fun hobby!! Be ready for it to get expensive when you get addicted. Feel free to reach out with any questions, and post your progress with pictures, we’d love to see them and help along the way.
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:49 AM
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mudhole is expensive I use United composite blanks, seeker is a good choice also.
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:54 AM
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JeryseyBros said it best. Don't be afraid to cut off of your wraps, finish amplifies everything!

Jump on youtube and look up rod building, you'll learn all the basics very quick.

As for blanks, hit up a local rod builder in your area, rod builders tend to love talking shop and will send you in the right direction. They might even be able to sell you the blanks themselves. Also pick up some cheapo blanks to practice finish work on. Id say finish is the trickiest part of rod building. Have fun, its pretty sweet catching fish on something you built yourself.
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Old 08-14-2019, 03:42 PM
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Thanks for the info and advice!!

There were a couple dozen blanks in with all the stuff I got but they are all Sage, G-Loomis, st.Croix and Rainshadow fly rod blanks, I figured making some down rigger rods for myself would be good practice before I got into them.

I am somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to building things and I think building some fishing rods will be good therapy, who knows maybe it will become another self supporting hobby.
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:55 PM
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We have a very active sub forum on BDOutdoors for rod wrapping. I'm sure you'll get a bunch of info and help there.

Some crazy skilled rod wrappers in socal too. I have a couple in the process from Platero Custom Rods.
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:42 AM
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Mudhole... well it is mudhole. kevin at getbit runs a great operation. for a blank, i have been partial to rodgeeks for the last few years. great product, great customer service.
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Old 08-15-2019, 11:50 AM
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I bought a starter kit from mud hole and a kit to build an offshore rod. FedEx express crushed my blank.😒 new blank is on backorder. I will see how I like it, wanted to try for rainy days or something to do at night. I don’t plan to get fancy with wraps and stuff just thought it would be cool.
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