Rod Building with Mudhole Custom Tackle

A few weeks ago I took a trip to Orlando to participate in a Mudhole Custom Tackle rod building class with my friend Nick Fisch. Hence the title.

We arrived in Orlando Friday night and would begin our two day class the following morning. Because the class was being held in the same hotel that we were staying in it made things very easy. We had five instructors, but our head instructor was named Buzz Butters from Wisconsin – you can’t make that up. However, before we met up with Buzz we enjoyed the Orlando nightlife.

The Build

Over the span of an entire eight hour day, the 30 person class constructed customized baitcasters and spinning rods that were something to be proud of. I myself am not a craft person, but the Mud Hole staff took so much time and gave a lot of detail every step of the way. Firstly, we learned how to find the rod’s flex point or spine. Secondly applying apoxy, fitting grips and reel seats. Finally, we were instructed in how tie in our guides. Nick and I are both proud of what we were able to create.

Tools of the trade pictured above. With these we transformed our graphite blanks into quality, fish whipping rods.


The custom name and fish decals that we epoxied in were a wonderful touch.

The following day was a short day that was a seminar about other rod building and customization techniques such as diamond wrapping, painting, and construction of various types of rods different from the ones that we constructed the prior day. Additionally, all the equipment necessary to complete these tasks at home was for sale.

A Mudhole instructor leading the seminar
Nearly all of the items shown here sold out

In Conclusion 

My experience with Mudhole Custom Tackle was a blast and something that I would absolutely recommend to anyone who loves to fish. If you want more information about these classes check out Mudhole by clicking here. Even if you don’t consider yourself crafty or good with your hands, the guys at Mud Hole will walk with you every step of the way to help you create an awesome rod. I can’t wait to get on the water and put fish in the boat with my new rod! Henceforth, I may jsut build all my new rods!

If you enjoyed this post, then stay tuned for more great content coming soon!

In the mean time, certainly check out some of my other posts like “Tarpon Time” or “The Scum Pond Chronicles”.

Until next time, Tight Lines.

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