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  • Custom Bass Fishing Rods - We build them!

    September 06, 2023 5 min read

    Custom Bass Fishing Rods - We build them!

    If you're an avid bass angler like me, you know that fishing is truly a passion. And when it comes to pursuing those green fish, the equipment you choose can make all the difference in the world. That's why we're diving into the world of custom bass fishing rods and exploring why you might want to opt for a custom fishing rod over a production model rod. Our philosophy is simple - sometimes you have a rod need that requires specific attention. The ALX Rods Custom Shop answers that need and meets the challenge you face in finding a specific tool for the way you fish. I've seen firsthand how a custom rod can elevate your fishing experience to a new level. One customer that stands out does a lot of river fishing. We’ve been able to truly transform his fishing experience by building a whole set of shorter rods to make it easier to shoot baits under trees and overhangs. Plus the shorter rods don’t get hung up on overhead limbs. The rods he needs literally aren’t available on the market. We have also produced builds on the more emotional side - something for a retirement or a lifetime achievement. So, grab your baitcaster, buckle up, and let's explore why custom rods might just be the secret weapon you need!

    (You can start the build process here!)

    The Process

    When considering the process of getting your very own custom fishing rod, it all begins with a personalized consultation to understand your specific needs and preferences. This is why we DO NOT offer an automated “custom rod builder” on our website. We deep dive into what you need and work closely with you to offer options that align perfectly with your requirements. Once we've discussed your ideal rod, you'll receive a detailed quote sheet that breaks down all the parts and costs involved in the rod build. The next step is your approval to ensure accuracy. Following that, we'll send you an online invoice, and it's important to note that full payment is needed at the time of the order to kickstart the build. Rod construction begins immediately after payment. Completion timelines typically range from 3 to 6 weeks, and we provide you with a more precise estimate once we start. When your custom rod is ready, we waste no time – it's shipped out immediately, and you'll receive electronic tracking information for your convenience. All custom shop rods carry a full warranty against defects - just like any rod we produce. This entire process is designed to ensure that you get a tailor-made fishing rod perfectly suited to address your needs and preferences.

    Special Features

    In our commitment to crafting the perfect custom fishing rod for you, we go the extra mile with some essential additional steps. First, we meticulously hand-select the blanks from our premium stock, ensuring they meet our highest standards for fit and finish. But we don't stop there; each blank undergoes rigorous stress testing, surpassing our already thorough 3-time check to guarantee it's free of defects. During construction, we factor in lots of little things that don’t get noticed – like spacing guides for that specific rod blank for optimum performance or orienting the blank's spine for increased casting distance. To ensure the legacy of your custom rod, we do a complete comprehensive documentation and archiving, allowing us to replicate your exact rod if you ever decide to expand your angling arsenal. Moreover, all custom shop rods receive unique and distinctive labeling, signifying that they were meticulously handcrafted by our top-tier rodsmiths.

    Most popular upgrades/changes and what can I change?

    Custom rod buildscan become a huge hole that you fall into. We're here to navigate that for you. Options are abundant and the sky really is the limit. As noted, our personal consultations play a pivotal role. Imagine choosing between having a seasoned professional guide you through the process or simply picking random features off a list and hoping for the best outcome. We firmly stand behind the first approach, believing that expertise and tailored guidance are key to crafting the perfect custom rod.

    Sometimes, even a subtle modifications can make all the difference, and they happens to be some of our most sought-after services.  A great example is extending a 7' rod to 7'3" or trimming down a 7' rod to 6'6". We will make sure that is done correctly. Grip options are another realm of customization, with choices ranging from various materials for full grips to versatile split grip configurations. Once we have a clear understanding of your vision, we can assist you in selecting the ideal reel seat from an array of options offered by reputable manufacturers. The same goes for guide types, with choices such as SiC or Titanium, we help balance your needs and your budget. We offer a vibrant spectrum of colors for guide wraps and accents, allowing your rod to truly stand out. Again, the abundance of options available underscores why we advocate for consultations. With our expertise, we navigate the vast sea of possibilities, ensuring compatibility and combining components to create a truly unique fishing rod tailored just for you.


    The cost of a custom-built bass rod is typically one of the first questions you’ll have when starting the custom process. The price of your custom fishing rod can vary a fair amount based on several factors, including the specific rod model you choose, the components and parts utilized, and the complexity of the build. Our approach to building a custom rod offers you a lot of flexibility with cost by offering options that address your needs and wants. You really drive the price, and we work hard to help you design a fantastic rod in your budget. It's important to note that the quotes we provide are valid for a period of 30 days, ensuring that you have ample time to review and make your decision. The final cost of your custom rod is calculated and clearly communicated to make sure there are no surprises. Shipping costs are itemized separately on the quote sheet, again making it clear and transparent in the total cost calculation. This comprehensive approach allows us to provide you with an accurate and fair estimate for your custom fishing rod, tailored to your preferences.

    Overall, building a custom fishing rod is about creating your dream tool. Through personalized consultations and a plethora of customization options, we aim to turn your fishing rod into an extension of yourself, meticulously tailored to your preferences. So, whether it's the perfect length, grip, reel seat, guides, or vibrant accents, we're here to bring your vision to life. Don't settle for a generic choice when you can have a rod that's uniquely yours, designed with care, expertise, and your fishing success in mind. You can start the build process here!

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