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Christimas Auction Custom Rod

Christmas Family Custom Rod Auction   38 members have voted

  1. 1. How Should I Do This?

    • Build it on Spec
      1
    • Build a true custom for whoever bids for it
      21
    • Let a competent builder do it instead
      16

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1 min ago, makomakoman said:

I hope you buy the rod, Terry and he makes a nice crosswrap for you.. :laugh:

you know rod building like ambition knows about work!!!!    

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3 mins ago, makomakoman said:

Have you built your son a rod, yet?

 

 

don't get all uppity custom rod questioning with me fella. I got your number and will be keeping an eye on you. 

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1 hour ago, Aquacide said:

build it on spec - that way the bidders can see what they are getting. and that's what Mike told me to do for my flyes.

 

 

There a couple of issues with this. 

 

The biggie is that spec customs are just not as good: you're building it for an unknown angler, who's going to be using an unknown reel, holding unknown line, etc. You do not get an optimum setup when you're building it to accommodate a wide range of possible end uses. 

 

Moreover, when this rod will be delivered -- i.e. December -- fishing is over for just about everybody around here. Why not wait another month, and get, for the same amount of money, a rod that is designed to your needs to a tee? 

Here's one very small, but noteworthy, example, of the level of detail I put into these rods: I ask how the guy holds his spinning reel, whether he's like most guys, and holds the rod with the reel stem between his index and middle fingers; or whether he's like my friend Pervert Pete, who holds the reel between his ring finger and pinky. This doesn't make really any difference in terms of fishing -- but the reel seat should be oriented differently for each of these two configurations (downlocking for Regular Joe; uplocking for Pervert Pete. You want to set up the rod so that when you hold it in a fishing position, your fingers do not touch the reel seat nut -- if your fingers rest against it, you can loosen the nut over time, especially during a long fishing session. Putting the nut away from yer fingers eliminates that possibility). 

 

If we were closer to fishing season, I'd say screw it, and build it on spec. And I might do that anyway. But I think it would be neat to give someone a real custom experience, especially if it's a guy who wouldn't or couldn't normally spring for a custom rod. 

 

 

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5 mins ago, Terry Mac said:

maybe belmo can make it and charge the winner 80 cents for the labor. :howdy:

FIFY

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And, for the record, I'm an excellent custom rod builder, at least in terms of performance. I don't do decorative wraps -- I have never had the time to dive into that end of the pool -- but I do know how to wrap rods for performance, especially surf rods. 

 

I'M AN EXCELLENT DRIVER! 

 

 

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5 mins ago, Belmo said:

There a couple of issues with this. 

 

The biggie is that spec customs are just not as good: you're building it for an unknown angler, who's going to be using an unknown reel, holding unknown line, etc. You do not get an optimum setup when you're building it to accommodate a wide range of possible end uses. 

 

Moreover, when this rod will be delivered -- i.e. December -- fishing is over for just about everybody around here. Why not wait another month, and get, for the same amount of money, a rod that is designed to your needs to a tee? 

Here's one very small, but noteworthy, example, of the level of detail I put into these rods: I ask how the guy holds his spinning reel, whether he's like most guys, and holds the rod with the reel stem between his index and middle fingers; or whether he's like my friend Pervert Pete, who holds the reel between his ring finger and pinky. This doesn't make really any difference in terms of fishing -- but the reel seat should be oriented differently for each of these two configurations (downlocking for Regular Joe; uplocking for Pervert Pete. You want to set up the rod so that when you hold it in a fishing position, your fingers do not touch the reel seat nut -- if your fingers rest against it, you can loosen the nut over time, especially during a long fishing session. Putting the nut away from yer fingers eliminates that possibility). 

 

If we were closer to fishing season, I'd say screw it, and build it on spec. And I might do that anyway. But I think it would be neat to give someone a real custom experience, especially if it's a guy who wouldn't or couldn't normally spring for a custom rod. 

 

 

I agree. but you might also get someone who doesn't know what they want.

 

its very generous of you.

 

your friend is either weird or has very strong pinkies.

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eff elmo!!

i've got an old shakespeare rod that i put microwave eyes on, ill start the bidding at 20 bucks!

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8 hours ago, Aquacide said:

build it on spec - that way the bidders can see what they are getting. and that's what Mike told me to do for my flyes.

 

 

Yep...I've done them both ways and finished has always made far more money. 

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