Meet Kris

The founder of LakeLady Custom Fishing Rods, is a certified professional rod builder with a passion that extends beyond mere craftsmanship

Certified Professional Rod Builder # 68 by the Custom Rod Builders Guild.

Mastering the Art of Custom Rods

Kris Kristufek's biography reflects a deep-seated passion and a journey spanning over 25 years in the realm of custom fishing rod crafting. His career is highlighted by an innovative collaboration with St. Croix, where he played a crucial role in developing the renowned Triumph line. This experience not only showcases his technical expertise but also his ability to blend functionality with design elegance in rod crafting.

Beyond his craftsmanship, Kris is a respected educator in the field. He has conducted over 80 rod-building classes, imparting his knowledge to more than 500 individuals. These classes, held in diverse locations from the Alaskan wilderness to the shores of Lake Superior, have inspired many, with some participants even starting their own rod-building businesses. Kris's role as an educator is as significant as his craftsmanship, nurturing new talents and fostering a community of rod builders.

Kris's dedication to his craft and his commitment to teaching are underpinned by his belief in sustainability and responsible fishing practices. His approach to rod building is not just about creating a superior product but also about nurturing an appreciation for the environment among anglers. This holistic view of his profession has made Kris Kristufek a distinguished figure in the world of custom fishing rods.

Our Ethos

We swim against the current, with solid bold designs, creative innovation and imaginative thinking. We strive to be the very best, not the cheapest, nor the biggest. We pride ourselves on listening and providing outstanding customer service. Our designs and high quality have set the standard to which others endeavor to achieve.

Empowering Anglers: Kris Kristufek's Rod Building Workshops

Kris Kristufek's dedication to the art of rod building extends to educating others. He conducts specialized classes, sharing his wealth of knowledge and skills in rod crafting. These classes are not just about building rods; they are an immersive experience into the world of custom rod making, where Kris imparts his passion and expertise. Participants in these classes gain hands-on experience and insights, laying a foundation for their own journeys in rod building, whether as a hobby or a professional pursuit.

Still have some questions?

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For personalized guidance or to dive deeper into the world of custom rod crafting, Kris is just a phone call away. Connect directly with the master rod builder himself and get answers to all your queries, ensuring you're well-informed before beginning your custom rod journey.

Latest Blog Posts

Dive into the Latest from LakeLady: Our blog is your go-to source for insights, tips, and stories from the world of custom rod building.

A Guide to Custom Fishing Rods for Enhanced Angling

Perfecting Your Technique: Custom Rods for Different Fishing Methods

Top 5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Custom Fishing Rod for the Ultimate Experience

Caring for Your Custom Fishing Rod: Maintenance Tips & Tricks

Expert Tips to Improve Your Casting with a Custom Fishing Rod

Navigating the Sea of Choices: Selecting Your Ideal Custom Fishing Rod

The Art of Custom Rod Building: A Look Into the Craftsmanship Behind Tailored Fishing Rods

Mastering the Cast: How Custom Fishing Rods Enhance Casting Accuracy and Distance

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