Fisherman’s Workbench: A Rod Building Guide

Are you a Do-It-Yourself’er who enjoys making, maintaining and improving your fishing gear? You’ll find great projects, ideas and how-to articles and videos here at the Fisherman’s Workbench!

Video: Replacing a Rod Tip

At this point in the season, you might have already broken a rod tip (or two). Luckily, we’ve got an instructional video from our friends at Mud Hole on how to replace the tip yourself.

Video: Modifying Minnow Plugs

In this video, On The Water Editor Jimmy Fee demonstrates how to modify Cordell Cotton Redfin and Mambo Minnow plugs to create different action that big striped bass can’t resist.

Video: Rod Building for Beginners

Some anglers learn the rod-building basics so they can take old, forgotten rods, and give them new life. Other anglers get into it to create rods customized to their fishing styles and tastes. No matter the draw, rod building can grow into a very satisfying hobby.

The Best Fishing Rod Storage Rack You Can’t Buy

By Kevin Lord
If you’re like me, you own at least one rod for every possible fishing situation you could ever come across. For years, I stashed them in various locations in my house and garage. While this system did, for a while anyway, prevent my wife from seeing them all in one place and figuring out how many rods I really own, she isn’t fooled anymore.

Get Into Custom Rod Building

By Jim Levy
What brings an angler to try his hand at custom fishing rod building? For me, catching fish on a rod I built myself is akin to the satisfaction I’ve found from catching fish on a lure I built myself.

Tips for Choosing the Right Rod Handle

Cork rings, cork tape, shrink wrap, EVA foam, hypalon and cord are among the materials anglers most often turn to for their custom rod handles. Visit this guide to see the pros and cons of each.

Build Your Own Rod to Achieve Efficiency, Comfort

By Eric Harrison
There are a lot of things to consider when designing the perfect fishing rod. Here are some tips to help you evaluate all of the options.

What to Consider When Choosing a Rod Blank

By Eric Harrison
Power, taper, materials and length are the main considerations for choosing a rod blank that fits you and your angling needs.

Guide Guide: An Overview of Rod Guides

By Eric Harrison
The style of guides used will influence how the rod will cast and fish, while guide size and layout will have a noticeable effect on the rod’s action. Each guide style has attributes best suited to specific fishing applications.

The Top 5 Rod Blank Manufacturers

By Eric Harrison
Lamiglas, CTS, Century, Seeker and Calstar are among the most popular rod blank manufacturers.