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Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod

August 25, 2017 - August 27, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod
Three-Day Class:
8/25:  5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
8/26:  8:00 am – 6:00 pm
8/27:  9:00 am – 12:00 noon


Build your first custom fishing rod under the guidance of professional rod builder Kris Kristufek from LakeLady Custom Rods. You will build a rod up to seven feet long, with choice of action and power, thread color choices, handle choices, and more, using American made component parts. Then add your own inscription and personal touches.


This is an intensive course in which all necessary tools and equipment and supplies are furnished.  During three days of  classroom instruction, you will learn how to build a fishing rod made from carbon fiber, attached the handle and reel seat, learn guide placement techniques, wrap the guides with fine thread, find the spine , apply epoxy finish and learn basic decorative techniques.


Why settle for big box store rods when you can build a much better rod yourself, custom-made to fit your measurements?


In order to choose your custom materials which the instructor will order for you, you must register by Aug. 4th. Registrations will be take after that date, but selection of materials will be from the choices the instructor brings to class. Students must be 13 years old or older.

About the instructor: Kris Kristufek of Breezy Point, MN, builds award winning custom fishing rods. He uses only premium blanks and components, creating unique fishing rods for the discriminating angler at LakeLady Custom Fishing Rods. A Certified Professional Rod Builder by the Custom Rod Builders Guild, Inc., he is one of only two such Certified Pros in Minnesota and one of only 36 in the United States. He has build over 2,500 custom fishing rods. Kristufek is becoming known as the “Rod Professor” as he shares his skills, teaching others this interesting craft of Custom Rod Building.


Fees: $405 More information

Location: Ely Folk School
209 E Sheridan Street, Ely, MN, 55731

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