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Rod Building: Cutting Costs 101

Jul 28, 2008
One of the most common questions people have about rod building is how much does it cost. Most fishers dream of doing their own rod building but many never try because they are worried that it would simply cost too much. To some extent, these concerns are warranted. The good news is there are some ways to achieve your dream without draining your wallet.

Practice Cheap First

The first thing you should always do if you're new to rod building is to practice using the cheapest equipment you can find. While it isn't difficult if you have everything you need and also have some good instructions, rod building can seem a little overwhelming at first. You should be prepared for that feeling. Think of it this way: if you're just learning how to swim you don't climb the diving board and jump into the deepest part of the pool. That's a recipe for disaster.

Instead of jumping ahead and building your dream rod as your first project, practice using a few inexpensive rod kits first then gradually start working your way up to the type of fishing rod you've always wanted. It will save you money because you won't end up wasting those expensive pieces you've purchased.

Think like a Computer Geek

Some people are as passionate about computers as we are about fishing. Those folks are also interested in building their own units in order to create a "dream machine" that does exactly what they want. However, the costs for such a system can be pretty exorbitant when compared to getting a computer right out of the box. It's the same story with rod building, of course.

One solution used by many of these computer people is to purchase the equipment they need one piece at a time as the money becomes available. Sure, they need more patience but they are able to get exactly what they want for their system and don't have to make compromises just because of cost. In the end, they are usually more satisfied with the finished results.

Make Concessions if You Must

One of the nice things about rod building is that you do get to create the fishing rod you want without some manufacturer deciding which components should be used. All of the decisions are completely yours. That means if you are on a budget you do have the option picking and choosing your components and making compromises somewhere if need be. For example, you may want to spend more on your guides but you may be willing to choose a cheaper blank to compensate. You get to make those choices when you're rod building so you have more control over costs.

Shop Online

Another way to save money is by purchasing your components online at stores such as Sea Isle Tackle. You'll generally find lower prices because these stores have less overhead costs. Plus, price and selection are two of the key ways they sell themselves. At the very least, you'll save on gas because you won't have to travel to the store to make your rod building purchases.
About the Author
Rod Building Sea Isle Tackle has been proudly serving the saltwater fishing community for over 45 years. Since opening day in 1962, we have dedicated ourself to providing the finest fishing tackle and Shimano Reels the industry has to offer. Sea Isle Tackle has a great selection of Rod Building Accessories.
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