Roux Maillet Fishing Rods April 08, 2018 21:54:20
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.
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.
So does a custom fishing rod help you to catch more fish than one manufactured and sold OTS? Absolutely. First if you have confidence in your equipment then that confidence will be displayed in your choices while on the water. If you know that your fishing rod has been built right that fact alone will give you the edge youre seeking. Further when built properly it will be optimized for your casting style and the components will have been placed in such a way that will experience a far greater degree of accuracy as well as much better fish fighting ability. Once the fish are hooked a well-built custom rod can provide tremendous advantages in fighting the fish and can help you control it better. This of course means less break offs and more landed fish! Not only will you catch more fish with a custom rod your angling pleasure will certainly be heightened every moment you are on the water!
When you decide to fish a custom-built rod you are adding another dimension to your sport and enjoyment. There is nothing quite like the thrill of making perfect casts hooking and landing a fish on a honed surgical tool that has been handcrafted for you. You dont have to depend upon whether some individual was having a good day at the factory or not when they wrapped the guides on your fishing rod if they chose the best pieces of cork for the handle systems grip if the time was taken to ensure that the components were placed on the rod for optimum performance and that the best quality components were used.
Any angler serious about catching fish and who routinely invests hard-earned money (entry fees travel expenses maintenance tackle equipment etc.) cannot afford to purchase fishing rods that are anything but the best. After all when you are on the water executing everything within your power to fill the live well then it is paramount to take advantage of any opportunity available (i.e. control what you can). So it only makes sense to leverage the very best technology and craftsmanship for your primary equipment your fishing rod.
Equally important as the length of the rod is its power. Power is a relative assessment comparing one rod against another. So we need a way to make this comparison of one rod with another. We can then decide the fly line that can be used with that rod and the reel needed to accommodate that line. Its like making sure all the pieces of the jigsaw fit. The standard way of describing this quality of power in a rod is by giving it an AFTM rating. That stands for American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association. This has long been accepted as the best way to ensure that you are matching rods reels and lines for maximum effectiveness. Its a bit like making sure that you have the right tyres for your car and that you are using the right kind of fuel - it may work OK with something else but not at full potential. We need to understand this AFTM system if we are to make sure all the pieces of equipment including the rod work together.