Binding weave for custom fishing rod

Custom Fishing Rods

Having a custom fishing rod built can be a wonderful indulgence and may not be as expensive as you may think.

A major advantage is that you can have the rod built to suit YOU and your style of fishing.

Not only can a custom fishing rod accommodate a specific purpose, they can also be made for comfort and balance to your preferred reel, arm length, and of course add some colour and bling for a unique look.

Fish pattern weaved into the binding of a custom fishing rod

Fish pattern weaved into the binding


Custom fishing rod built to stop impoundment barra

Custom fishing rod built to stop impoundment barra

Add some bling with unique colour combinations

Add some bling with a hand painted reel seat.


My mate Ron Farren from Salty Dog custom rods has been making rods for me for over 30 years.

The latest build is two heavy tackle 130’s so we can have a bit of fun with the big marlin from our new game boat.

But you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a nice rod.

Ronnie explains that (as at time of writing) a custom rod with quality components starts around $300.

Not much more than you pay for a top shelf rod from the tackle shop.

We visited Ron at his workshop and had a chat about the advantages of getting a custom rod built just for you, some of the customization’s possible, and how to go about beginning the process.


If you’d like to contact Ron regarding a custom rod for yourself or for a gift, you can get him via his Salty Dog facebook page.


If a custom rod is a bit out of your range, in this related post we visit BCF to talk rods, rigs, lures and tackle for tropical speedsters including a downloadable PDF cheat sheet.

My favourite gear and tackle for tropical sportsfish

And here are some other related tips that may assist.

Wind on leader system

Keeping live bait without a pump

Impoundment Barra Techniques

Making a wire trace for mackeral


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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • John

    Reply Reply August 11, 2020

    I need a quote for a rod that will accommodate for all species in the Midwest mostly bass. With a guys name on it Terry Carter. Open face reel colors he likes are black, gold, blue.

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