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Old 02-18-2019, 12:09 PM
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I built a handful of fly rods back in the day so I'm plenty familiar with the process but I'm now wanting to build maybe 3 or 4 rods for generic kingfish/mahi/ling duty. Anyways I went web searching for blanks and didn't find a lot of stuff under $100. Seeing as one can buy a ready to roll Tiger Lite rod for $69 there just has to be a source (I think) for affordable blanks. Any help?
Old 02-18-2019, 12:13 PM
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Try Mud Hole they specialize in rod building, best ever!
Old 02-18-2019, 12:14 PM
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Mudhole is a good source to browse. I made my first rod at a Mudhole class.
I have been buying blanks from here though https://www.getbitoutdoors.com/blanks.html
Pricing seems to be better and I like the offerings better
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Mudhole has plenty
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As Rocky points out Mudhole is a good source, if you want to find a blank that's decent for the price check out the MHX brand they offer. Get Bit Outdoors is another good source I would check out the Rainshadow blanks they offer. I'm currently building 6 stand-up rods with the Rainshadow blanks. Always check the specials or closeouts offered on both of the websites listed above as they have some good deals from time to time.

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Also hit up Connley rods, they sell blanks for a good price. The basic graphite and live bait blanks are pretty good all around blanks to build on. I’ve wrapped up a few.
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I’ve found good stuff on eBay but it takes some looking and you have to know what you are looking at.

A look around this site may score you something .

https://www.rodbuilding.org/list.php?2

check out “utmost enterprises”
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I may have found what I am looking for on the netcraft site, what they call a live bait blank, rated for 15 - 30lb line.

I really liked some of the stuff from Mudhole but was simply too much $$$ for the intended purpose. Thanks to all for the tips.

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Mud Hole is super $$$.
You can have a custom rod built for about the same

Net Craft has good products for much less $.
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I built a handful of fly rods back in the day so I'm plenty familiar with the process but I'm now wanting to build maybe 3 or 4 rods for generic kingfish/mahi/ling duty. Anyways I went web searching for blanks and didn't find a lot of stuff under $100. Seeing as one can buy a ready to roll Tiger Lite rod for $69 there just has to be a source (I think) for affordable blanks. Any help?


I gave up on building rods. It’s worth ithe effort to repair a rod, or modernize an older one. Pretty tough to but All the parts and materials cheaper than you can buy a quality rod though. And that’s not considering the time and effort involved.
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look up Jigging world/Tackle world. They have great blanks for that price range
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Second some of the opinions above. I buy supplies through Mudhole and The Rod Room and blanks from Get Bit, Mudhole, and others. I can buy a "good" pre-built rod cheap but it gets expensive when I want them in my color, etc. I like the relaxation I get from the hobby part of building my own sticks.
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Originally Posted by Mike S from Penna View Post
As Rocky points out Mudhole is a good source, if you want to find a blank that's decent for the price check out the MHX brand they offer. Get Bit Outdoors is another good source I would check out the Rainshadow blanks they offer. I'm currently building 6 stand-up rods with the Rainshadow blanks. Always check the specials or closeouts offered on both of the websites listed above as they have some good deals from time to time.

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I have built on 6 differenot rainshadow blanks. Not only because they are less expensive but because they are great blanks that suit my applications very well. It's one of the few things I'm extremely brand loyal too

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I gave up on building rods. It’s worth ithe effort to repair a rod, or modernize an older one. Pretty tough to but All the parts and materials cheaper than you can buy a quality rod though. And that’s not considering the time and effort involved.
I'm right there with you. I've considered getting into the hobby to make a full set of trolling rods and then maybe branch out and do a full set. The price to buy is not much more (and sometimes even less) than it would be to buy all the components... Perhaps the power of bulk purchasing applies here as well. Concerning repairs, the manufacturers warranties are so good these days, it's better to just deal with them.

There are so many "custom-production" rod builders out there to find something good enough at a decent price and save all that time for something else.
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Co-worker was in MudHole shop on Wednesday when the owner saw him looking at blanks...Took him to a back room and pointed out a half a wall stuffed with blanks of all sizes, told him to pick out any and all he wanted at $1.00 each. All brands and markings were removed. He purchased 100.
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Originally Posted by Jack Hexter View Post
Co-worker was in MudHole shop on Wednesday when the owner saw him looking at blanks...Took him to a back room and pointed out a half a wall stuffed with blanks of all sizes, told him to pick out any and all he wanted at $1.00 each. All brands and markings were removed. He purchased 100.
That does not suck...for him...trying not to play the jealousy card here
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I'm right there with you. I've considered getting into the hobby to make a full set of trolling rods and then maybe branch out and do a full set. The price to buy is not much more (and sometimes even less) than it would be to buy all the components... Perhaps the power of bulk purchasing applies here as well. Concerning repairs, the manufacturers warranties are so good these days, it's better to just deal with them.

There are so many "custom-production" rod builders out there to find something good enough at a decent price and save all that time for something else.
I thought I wanted to build myself some rods. Wife bought me a Mudhole complete start up kit. Long story short - life is too short for that kind aggravation. I'm a store-bought rod kinda guy, I guess. I took the kit to the local custom rod building shop along with the partially built rod. The shop sold the kit for me and finished the rod for me. Thus ends my short foray into rod-building. I'd rather spend that time working on my boat.
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A few days ago I purchased two Rainshadow RT6680 trolling blanks from Get Bit. They arrived nicely packaged and in great condition. I'm going to turn them into trolling sticks over the next week. Excited about the purchase and getting them in so quickly. Great service from those guys.
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I build my own rods and I love it! Soooo much fun! I buy from Mudhole and Janns Netcraft. Both are great places. Only problem I have is that I really want to feel a blank before I build it. My 8-17 fast action may be very different than say Mudhole's 8-17 fast action.
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With over 40 years building. Good percentage of those commercial building.
I can tell you that buying a blank online is always a crapshoot. The only way you are going to know if a rod is going to be what you want,is to build it and fish it. For me, even being able to bend a blank doesn’t tell me everything. I have to build it and fish it to know exactly what it will do and if I’m going to like that.
I’ve lost a considerable amount of money over the years, buying and reselling (usually at a loss) rods, simply because I wanted to see what they would do.
No easy way out good luck finding something perfect .
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