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Is a custom rod right for you?
A big box store rod will meet the needs for the majority of anglers.  However, there are many anglers who prefer to fish with technique specific rods.  These rods are also built so they comfortably fit the angler’s hand and are built as light as possible.  A custom rod also makes a great gift for Christmas, birthdays or other celebrations.  My themed rods are a great way to tie an angler’s love of fishing with other interests they may have.
So what’s the process for getting a custom rod? The first thing we’ll do is determine what species of fish you’re after and what techniques you prefer to use.  After that’s decided I’ll provide a likely price range so there are no surprises after the rod is ready.  If you decide to go ahead and have a custom rod built we’ll continue to the next step of the process. Rod blanks. Only rod blanks from major manufacturers are used in the building of Huderle Custom Rods.  Names like Batson, St. Croix, and North Fork are used, not cheap knock-offs or no-name bargain blanks. Lightest possible rod or balanced rod. Most people prefer to have the lightest rod possible.  This allows the rod to be as sensitive as it can be.  On the flip side, while a balanced rod can be a pleasure to fish with, it must be balanced properly by utilizing proper placement of the guides and reel seat. Grips I offer you several options regarding grips. Carbon Fiber - By far the best grip choice.  Light, durable and transmit vibration better than any other type of grip. Cork - Many anglers prefer cork for its light weight and traditional look.  It has been a favorite of anglers for a very long time.  I only use A grade cork. EVA - This dense foam makes very comfortable grips. Super grade cork and high density cork composite. EVA and high density cork composite. Wood - Wood makes beautiful grips and there are so many different species from which to choose. The other option I offer is custom poured and turned acrylic handles.  These are truly eye catching and every one is different. Reel Seat The reel seat is where your reel attaches to the rod.  There are many options available such as windowed seats, trigger seats, wood seats to match wood handles or acrylic seats to match acrylic handles.  You can also choose from black, stainless chrome, gold or titanium chrome for the hoods (the part that holds the feet of your reel). Guides When selecting the guides for your custom rod you have many different options available.  My standard guides use Hard Aluminum Oxide for the guide material or you can upgrade to Zirconium, one of the hardest ring materials available.  Micro guides are a great option to choose.  The weight savings they offer over larger guides is substantial, especially as you get further out towards the rod tip.  Micro guides are also tough, I’ve built Muskie rods using micro guides and they work great. Huderle Custom Rods now offers spinning rods using the acclaimed Microwave line control system.  This innovative approach to line management recently won Best of Show Fishing Accessories at the  2013 iCast show.  This new system is a guide layout that allows a rod to cast farther, smoother and  more accurately than any typical factory guide layout. Guide Layouts Factories attach the guides to spinning using a spacing method called the Cone of Flight method.  The  idea is to start with a large guide and work towards the tip top using progressively smaller guides.  This  method works fine and has been used for years.  Back in the mid-nineties or so, a better method was  devised.  This method is called the New Guide Concept.  It provides greater sensitivity, adds perhaps  3% to 5% more casting distance and a better degree of casting accuracy.  In the past few years the  MicroWave Line Control System has been introduced.  It performs as well as the New Guide  Concept but those who have used it feel it is smoother casting. Spiral Wrapping guides on casting rods Spinning rods are inherently stable because guides are placed on the bottom of the rod.  When you  hook a fish it puts downward pressure on the rod tip and the tip top guide will follow in the direction of  that force.  When discussing casting rods the conversation changes.  Typical casting rods  have the guides on top of the rod.  When you hook a fish it puts the same downward pressure  on the rod tip and the tip will follow in the direction of that force.  However, since the tip is  on the top of the rod, the downward pressure will also cause torquing action.  You  can feel this because the reel with require more effort to keep it from twisting in your hand.  To solve  this problem, casting rods can be built using the Spiral guide placement method.  After the first guide is  placed on top of the rod, the line is transitioned to the rest of the guides on the bottom of  the rod.  What this does is remove the torquing action and creates a casting rod that is as inherently stable as a spinning rod.  When guides are placed on the top of the rod, more may be needed to keep the line from rubbing the blank when under load.  Since the guides on a spiral wrapped rod are on the  bottom, less guides are needed which saves weight and increases sensitivity.  Please note, any  concerns regarding lost casting distance may be set aside.  I’ve tested enough rods to know that  distance is not lost.  In fact, you end up with a smooth casting rod that is a pleasure to fish. Cosmetics, decals, name, thread colors, wraps One of the fun aspects about creating your one-of-a-kind custom rod is the look of the rod.   There are many ways to make this rod really unique.  I can add your name, a message or  image to the rod.  You’ll need to decide on the colors of the guides wraps and whether or not  you desire a special decorative thread wrap.  I can also add an inlay in the butt of the handle,  something as simple as a penny from your birth year to a custom graphics.  
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