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Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod   

There’s that old saying about teaching a man to fish, but this course lets students go a step beyond fishing to building their own fishing rods. We’re not talking sapling, string, and safety pin; under the guidance of professional rod builder Kris Kristufek, students will build a technically perfect spin or casting rod up to 7-feet long, using high quality American-made materials. There will be plenty of opportunities to personalize the rod with a choice of blanks, action/power, colors and inscriptions. This is an intensive course in which all necessary tools and supplies are furnished. Over three days, students will learn how to build a fishing rod from carbon fiber, attach the handles and reel seats, find the spine, place guides, wrap guides, apply epoxy finish, and learn basic decorative thread cross wrapping. Why settle for a big box store rod when you can build your own?

All parts necessary must be ordered from several world-wide sources. There are choices for you to make so you can build the exact rod including length, action and power. Other choices are spinning or casting rod, thread colors and an inscription for your new rod. The instructor will contact you by phone at least 4 weeks prior to the class date to get your input and then will order these parts for you.

Note, materials fees will be due and payable to the instructor prior to the class. Materials fee varies: $250 and up

Required Tools

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.



  • Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod
    4/28/2023 - 4/30/2023
  • THIS CLASS IS FULL. Please click the "Add to Wait List" button below 

  • Tuition:  $245.00

  • Materials Fee:  $0.00 - payable at registration


  • Instructor:  Kris Kristufek

  • Capacity Remaining:  0 (Negative number indicates number of people on the wait list)



  • Dates:  4/28/2023 - 4/30/2023

  • Times:  Day 1: 4-7pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm and 7-9pm; Day 3: 9am-5pm