Sport fishing is nearly twice as popular as watching TV! According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, over 13% of the population goes fishing every year. We fish because of the enjoyment it brings, plus our up-close and personal contact with nature along with an appreciation for our natural resources. Each of us seeks fun, relaxation and quality time with family and friends. People fish for the same reasons.
There are many places where one can purchase the necessary equipment to enjoy the sport of fishing. When it comes to picking out a fishing rod at the sporting goods store, the mass of manufactured rods sometimes is confusing and confounding. The range of prices, the actions and powers, spinning and casting even fly rods are all there to choose from.
Almost every sport has special gear to be used in that sport. Golfers spend thousands on clubs that fit. Serious hikers buy special shoes. Olympic swimmers have drag reducing swimsuits. The best a fisherman can do is sort through racks and racks of rods looking for just that one to be the correct length and action. Does this seem right? Of course not. In comes Custom Fishing Rods.
Until now when it came to fishing rods, we had to take what was available. If you like a foam grip, but a composite rod with medium action only comes with a cork grip, you either choose something that is not exactly what you want or grips that are uncomfortable. Custom Fishing Rods offer many choices and are different.
This is exactly why I started building rods some 20 years ago. I had a bunch of rods that I acquired over the years, none of which really did what I thought they should. I looked and looked for rods that would work better. The wrong rod caused me to loose a lot of fish over time. After my first custom rod, I began to dramatically increase the hook-up to fish-in-the-boat ratio big time. I went from something like catching 30% of the fish that hit my bait to catching about 90% that hit the same baits.
Seeing what is happening is only part of what a custom rod will bring. We can “feel” the difference between a weed and a fish strike; we can “feel” the way the fish fights. We can even feel the lightest of hits that would be always missed on a factory rod. More fish in the boat and maximize the amount of time on the water. Custom Rods should truly do all of this and more.
The customization of today’s consumer products of any kind will soon become a national standard. People are individuals and it is part of our nature to want to express that individuality. We have a favorite color, a favorite sporting team, vehicle, boat and more. It all expresses our individualism as should our fishing equipment. It should reflect the owners’ personal identity. You may see many rods on the shelf that create a WOW factor and really stand out. A custom rod builder understands all of that and more. We will find out exactly what you want in your fishing rod and then go to work to make that happen.
Several questions must be answered.
In the end a lot of questions must be answered before we could even start to begin to build your rod. A true custom rod will never ever be found in a sporting goods store. It simply cannot be custom unless it is built to your exact specifications. Only professional custom rod builders can and will take the time to make this happen.
Confusion certainly exists in the marketplace as hobbyists and even small manufacturers call their goods “Custom.” Check them out carefully before you spend good money on something that might be misleading.
LakeLady Custom Fishing Rods is proud of our heritage and experience. We are true custom builders, as no two rods we have built are exactly alike—and we have built hundreds of them. You would not choose a pair of “custom boots” without having your feet measured; a truly functional (and enjoyable to use) fishing rod should be customized to you as well. Having over 2 decades of experience and learning has put us in a small niche of builders who truly understand what custom fishing rods are all about.