By Redd Hutchinson –
There are thousands of options available when buying a new fishing rod. The big manufacturers make almost any size, length, power, action you can dream up. But what’s the benefits of having your rod custom made instead of buying over the counter?
The majority of the big manufacturers make their rods in batches, meaning the may make 2,000 medium heavy/fast rods with cork grips and specific guides. That batch of rods are made with preselected specs meaning the butt length, grips, thread colors, will all be the same. I have fished my entire life with “over the counter rods” and some have been very good to me. But with every rod I’ve owned there was always something I would have liked to change to make the rod more user friendly, the grip diameter, butt length, grip type, guides, etc. I bought the rod that felt the best to me and always had to settle for what ever grips and guides the came with it which were usually low quality and didn’t last long under the work load. Hence I started building my own rods. The first couple were kind of rough looking but as I made more they started looking and fishing great.
I originally decided I would make only personal rods which were bait specific, had measured butt lengths to fit me, any type grips I wanted, and color thread I wanted. The sky was the limit on what I can put on a rod. A couple friends looked at my rods and Big Nasty Custom Rods was born. I had several guys ask me what was the benefit of me building their rods versus just getting them from the store.
I explained to them about butt length and how big a difference it makes to have it the proper length. If it’s to short you don’t have much leverage when fighting to get that toad in the boat and if it is to long it’s hitting your shirt and belly (for us guys with a big set of abs).
They asked about grips. I explained that I can put any grip you can think of cork, EVA, hypalon, carbon fiber, and my favorite Tour Star grips. These Tour Star grips are manufactures by the WINN Golf Company for the guys at Tour Star. What you basically have is golf grips made for fishing rods, they do not get slick when you have slime on your hands, they work great in any type weather and they do not start pitting and breaking apart like cork. You can take a warm rag and dish soap and clean them right up.
Any type guide set you want on your rod is another benefit of using a custom builder; we have done everything to offshore roller guides to REC wire guides to micro guides. With all of this you also get to pick thread coloring and decals you like and our specialty marbling.
It’s kind of fun sometimes when an avid angler and I start discussing building a rod, sometimes they get so confused about what they want but no matter, I always take the time to explain everything in detail. Custom builders are always looking for the “latest and greatest” in rod building materials and accessories. Most will not say this but the big companies’ watch what we build and sometimes they start producing the same thing, which is just fine and we take that as a compliment.
At Big Nasty Custom Rods we use a rod blank designed by the guys at HYDRA Fishing. They developed a SFD Design for their blanks which means they use no scrim sheet during the manufacturing process. This makes the blanks lighter, super sensitive, and in my opinion much stronger. Go to their site and see the great things they are doing with rod blanks.
Also have no fear on pricing, our rods start around $150.00 and go up from there depending on what components you use when designing your new rod. Having a custom rod that you designed and is measured to fit you perfectly means when you hit the water your confidence level will be through the roof!
We always say that when you have confidence in your equipment you can put all your focus on getting the big ones in the boat.
About Big Nasty Custom Rods
Located in Slaughter, LA, Big Nasty Custom Rods continually strives to supply customers with the best components available and keep the cost of a custom rod affordable. “I believe that no job is too small and pride ourselves in our ability to stay within our clients’ budgets and deliver our services in a timely manner” Redd Hutchinson, owner of Big Nasty Custom Rods