Roux Maillet Fishing Rods April 05, 2018 19:43:25
Smaller and fewer numbers of guides are often used to save a few cents. A two-cent savings adds up over a production run. Others use components that may look like their name-brand counterparts but are of considerably less quality. When it comes to a custom fishing rod you will always know the exact components because you select the components for the build. Additionally a custom builder can assist you with your selection... again an OTS manufacturer only provides you what "they want you to have (seems backwards huh?)." Example: you go to dinner at a local restaurant and soon after sitting down at your assigned table the waiter delivers your food... without asking your meal preference.
Lets walk through a brief example: Pick up the exact two casting rods from a local retailer place the same reel on each of the two rods and then place them into their respective "optimum" parabolic shapes by pulling the tips using the line. Now note where the fishing line touches the blank and note the tip twist (or torque). If they were the same the line will touch at the same points and the twist (or hopefully lack of twist) would be equivalent as well. Now cast. Distance and accuracy should be equivalent however in every case this will never happen with an "off-the-shelf" fishing rod because they are manufactured using guide placements in the exact same spot of every blank being constructed (i.e. they are not made of homogenous or equivalent materials and will never be the same). Currently I know of no company that mass-produces and also takes the time to individually tune every guide under both a static and dynamic load prior to wrapping guides... both of which are required to achieve optimum guide placement and ultimately rod performance (not to mention a few critical requirements that are never performed before guide placement... such as splining balancing of the handle system tuning guide systems etc.). Dont get me wrong there are companies that take the time to complete a step or two of the overall process but there are none that perform all of the required steps. A professional custom builder strives to ensure that component integration is accomplished to elicit the very best performance from each fishing rod. If a customer takes the time to identify and choose those premium components that compliment their angling style technique and specifications... then you can rest assured that the custom builder works to ensure their finished sport-fishing equipment performs the way they expected it to... and then some.
Custom builders provide competitive cost advantages by building their fishing rods "one at a time" rendering obsolete the need for exhaustive inventory labor costs and material waste. This permits excess capital for the use of top quality components and materials. Additionally custom builders routinely do not require capital investment and expenditure for overhead business expenses such as: advertising showrooms galleries etc. Another advantage of "one at a time" builds is that high-end components equate to non-corrosive scratch resistant and a more durable final product thereby eliminating the need for reinforcing materials additional assembly processes and warranty repair.
Recently this new fishing lure has stormed not only the fishing scene ranging from the avid recreational angler to bass fishing tournament pro circuits but the fishing industry as well. So what is this "magic" fishing lure and how has it changed the way we think about fishing? The now infamous "Alabama Rig"- a simple spinner-bait-like fishing rig that provides multiple lures simultaneously to would-be game-fish. Some will argue that the Alabama Rig is just a modification of an old very well know saltwater tool the Umbrella Rig. Thoughfor the most part true however the application is new to most fresh water anglers.
It is important when rigging the bait to keep the baits as close together as possible without getting them tangled unless of course you intend to "spread out" your particular presentation of schooling bait-fish or shad. Some anglers use the Alabama Rig as their "search" bait much like a spinner-bait is used to seek out schooling or suspended fish in open water while other anglers prefer to aim their rig at precise targets. They will fan-cast to points piles humps and other aquatic cover in a technique similar to that of using a crank-bait. Still other anglers will cast shallow varying depth with their rig to where they believe the fish are hunkered down. A common presentation technique for this innovative tackle design is to cast out count the amount of time it takes to reach bottom and then retrieve. If a fish doesnt strike the baits then subtract a second from your count on the next drop-down to depth and retrieve. Repeat until either you catch a fish or conclude that you have covered that particular column and area of water. This tactic works well on deep drop-off points and submerged mounds or humps. Also when fishing swim baits or jigs on your A-Rig you can vary the weight of the jig heads to make it sink faster or slower as well as changing the retrieve speed to either sustain or descend your school of bait-fish in the water column. Ultimately your presentation will depend on the where you believe the fish to be located and thus how deep shallow slow or fast you want to fish.
Focus. Another advantage of not working at a large company is that a custom builder is actually assembling and crafting your and only your custom fishing rod. So in this example focus does equate to quality of construction. Unlike the factory product the custom option is built to accommodate your requirements and desires.