There are several excellent books and videos available on custom fishing rod building. There are a couple that are adequate for the beginner, and there several others that go into great detail on all aspects of rod building.
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This is a preview of the new video "Rod Building Basics with Steve Petri" now available on DVD! Steve Petri, IGFA world record holder and master rod builder gives you his insights and tips on all aspects of making a custom fishing rod. This unique fishing rod making video is over 110 minutes long and covers all aspects of rod building including selecting a rod blank, choosing reel seats and grips, selecting and spacing rod guides, detailed close up views of guide wrapping techniques, decorative trim, and finishing the fishing rod. This DVD video is a must-have for any fisherman who wants to learn to make your own fishing rods or for experienced professional fishng rod builders!
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The first step in custom fishing rod building is in determining which rod blank to build on. There are many items to consider just in choosing the blank alone, such as the manufacturer, the material (fiberglass, graphite or a composite), length, action and rating. Trying to decipher the various ratings and descriptions on the blanks is somewhat of a skill in itself.