Roux Maillet Fishing Rods April 09, 2018 19:29:14
Another great reason for choosing a custom-built rod is that you have so many choices of premium components! Perhaps you have found the an action that is suited for you but youre not satisfied with the type of guides the quality of cork the thread wraps or perhaps you want to move up to a better quality reel seat. You dont have this type of choice unless you decide an opt for the custom choice.
Custom Rod Builders. For the most part custom rod builders are and have been the foundation of the sport-fishing (i.e. fishing rod) industry for many years. However it is important to note that both the custom builders and the major manufacturers are reliant upon each other to some degree - i.e. both drive new technologies and the application of innovative processes and construction for the industry as a whole. New material and component development is usually a manufacturing derivative whereas the innovation of fishing rod construction continues to be developed from the small cadre of professional custom builders. This stated the custom builders in some form are all considered "hobbyists" however our discussion will focus on the custom fishing rods crafted by professional craftsmen and builders many of whom own and operate as small businesses routinely producing finished performance products and equipment to the general public.
Blanks and guides are not tested to determine the optimum positioning (nor can they mate a particular reel and line combination to them); instead an average spacing is determined despite the fact that no two fishing rods (even within a production run) are exactly the same. A professional custom builder ensures that both static (for stress distribution) and dynamic (for best casting performance) testing occurs.
Quality. Quality is by far the biggest difference between a custom and OTS fishing rod. A company that mass-produces needs to create the largest profit margin and unfortunately some (not all) manufacturers also cut corners on components.
Do you really think the pro-anglers are fishing the Classic and winning tournaments with factory-made fishing rods? Or that other sportsmen/women use "off-the-shelf" sporting equipment in their professions? No way. Whether a professional angler or professional sportsman/woman you can rest assured the gear and equipment theyre using to compete at the highest levels of competition is not only specialized but handcrafted tuned custom-fit balanced and leveraging the very best premium components that technology can muster. So technology in the fishing industry especially the fishing rod business is truly "the mistress" - that fishing rod might "look" like its store-bought but its been crafted by a custom builder to ensure maximum performance and therefore that fishing rod is custom and hand-tuned... handcrafted to fit precise specific and extreme angling requirements.
A custom fishing rod says many things about its owner. It marks the person as an angler who takes his or her sport seriously. It also says that one places quality and craftsmanship at the top of their list and appreciates the best; demonstrating not just pride of ownership for the individual angler but more importantly pride of performance in their equipment.