Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:43 pm
Re: Where to learn?
Hi rod builders out there. I am interested in learning how to build rods. It seems very interesting. But the problem is that I don't know what to get and how to even start. Is there anywhere that provide lessons or guidance on how to start? I watched alot of online videos, but I find having a teacher is better. Anyone has advice on how I can learn?
I was in the same Delimma for a long time, read a lot but don't know whether the initial investment will be wasted or not. I talked to many and it seem like it is a secret art,, frankly speaking, few are willing to share.
Finally one fine day, I decided to bite the bullet and after that, there was no turning back.
I have no teacher to guide me, I dont have any books, i learn my basics from internet and website. I did some trial and errors and use a lot of common sense. You will be amaze the amount of material there are on the Internet, matagi and mudhole is 2 website that refer a lot too.
When I encounter difficulties, all I have is my thick skin and humble approach when I talk to those rod builders in the pro-shop. We become friends and when I show them my half build rods, they help to share and comments.
I started about 4 mths back and have completed about 5 rods. I am still a newbie and the skill are nowhere near the professional and expert here. Below are the rod that I have done
1) 1st rod: 6-12 pistol grip Baitcasting rod.
2) 2nd rod: Exori carbon III spinning rod
3) 3rd rod: xPredator PE 1-2 spinning rod
4) 4th rod: JM 3king PE 1.5-4 spinning rod
5) 5th rod: Exori carbon III build into a micro jigging rod. ( yes, I am trying something new) hahahaha have not fish with it yet.
I need to thank Gary and Daniel for their pointers and guidance along the way. you know who you are
The journey for a DIY rod builder in Singapore is not easy, but it is not impossible either. All you need is a lot of passion and patient. If you ask me whether I will build rod for a living? Hell no! Rod building is time consuming and very tedious work. Buying a factory rod is always cheaper and easier.
I have friends who have seen my rod and ask me to build and pay me. My reply have always being the same, I love every rod that I build, it will be too dear for me to pass it over to another guy. However for a very good friend, I promised to build for him free when I am free of course lol......
I wrote this to encourage aspiring rod builders to venture into rod building like I did, step into the unknow, don't expect to be spoon fed and the results can be very rewarding and satisfying.
still learning something new everyday.....