options are practically endless. stealth to sublime and all in between. i'd start doing it again in a heartbeat. you do not HAVE to spend a lot to get started. box with slits. heavy book for thread tension, cup to hold thread, knife and you're on your way. lots of help online.
I personally think one great advantage of building your own is the ability to pick everything your self. i've got more blanks that i've got time to build. lots of works in progress from bamboo flyrods to squarebill rods and all in between. go for it!
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I ended up building most of the rods myself.I paid an experienced builder to wrap the guides for me.
So technically I only did a partial build.
All in all it was a great experience and the rods are still used today.
Would I do it again....no
The cost of a good off the shelf rod has decreased significantly over the last few years.
Blanks and decent components all add up big time
So for me been there done that (or most of that )
In general I like creating and making things, so rod building was a natural fit. I can customize the rod build to what I want. It's satisfying catching a fish with a rod I built on a fly I tied. I won't save money building a low or mid end rod. However I can build a high end fly rod cheaper than the manufacturer.
If you get the urge to build a rod, start with a cheap kit.
I work at a sporting goods store and get a good discount on rods, but even without that it is hard to build a quality rod for what you can buy one for. What you can do is build a rod that you can not buy, or buy easily. I have built several unltra light and light power casting rods off spinning rod blanks. These would be hard to find from major brands. If you like full grips you can have full grips, which can be hard to locate. Want a particular color combination, build it.
The ability to make just what you want is why I build rods. No plans to stop. Four NFC blanks in the closet right now.
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If you are picky like I am and like a certain style and size of guide and a certain handle style and certain reel seats, then building your own can be very rewarding.
My most recent example is an OG 13 Fishing Omen Black 7'3" MH F. I always liked the balance, sensitivity, and tip on the rod, but didn't care for the short handle, split grip, or guides. So I cut all the guides off, cut off the foam grips, and ordered replacements. When I'm done, I will never look at the rod again and wish I could change something about it. It will be just like I wanted it.
The mudhole starter kits are all you need to get started. Don't bother with a power wrapper. Any cheap rod dryer will work. Get some thread, some fast drying epoxy, and some thread epoxy and some stir sticks and cheap brushes and you are ready to go.