As much as I enjoy building custom rods I must admit it has become an expensive hobby. And to be completely honest after a certain point it just becomes impractical unless you are selling them. Every reel I own is affixed to a custom rod and at this point any more of them I make will just lean up in the corner and collect dust. The problem is I really enjoy making them.

Up until this point I have never really tried to market my product, but a few days ago that all changed. I reached out to tournament angler Jason Bonds and asked him if he would be interested in fishing one of my rods to work out a few kinks and help me fine tune my craft. I want to know what it takes to produce something that is durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of a tournament season yet still fit all of the technical specifications required to put quality fish in the boat. As luck would have (at least for me) Jason recently had to retire his favorite rod, and the kicker is, that particular rod is no longer in production.

Jason agreed to give me a shot and that afternoon we started putting together a profile for a “secret weapon” he can add to his arsenal. It has was a long afternoon of scouring blanks for just the right power, speed and line weight combination, but we have narrowed down our search to just a few options and are very close to getting this project started. Bonds has won his last two tournaments and is anxious to replace his beloved flippin’ stick. With a little patience and a lot of work I think we can upgrade his previous equipment and keep the streak alive.I’m not sure where this is all headed in the long run, but for now it’s an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds.

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