These are the
entries in the old guest book - enjoy!!
If you want
to return to the new guest book, just click
Great Site, Great Rod Building, will use often.
Delmere McLean <email@example.com>
west Fargo, ND USA - Tuesday, September 02, 2003 at 09:58:46 (CDT)
)Just what I was looking for. My Dad and Brother-In-Law did some custom rod building. Now, thanks to your site, I have the head start I needed. Looking forward to re-finishing one of my Dad's old custom rods. You showed me how to color the blank and replace the guides. Now I need to do some more research on the fancy threading and viola!...I will get his rod back in the boat fishing again.
Remy Mejia <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cedar Park, TX USA - Sunday, August 03, 2003 at 22:06:56 (CDT)Excellent Page, informative, particularly for the beginner.
F. COOKE <FC1914@aol.com>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Saturday, July 12, 2003 at 22:46:27 (CDT)
really nice site! Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix <email@example.com>
washington, dc usa - Friday, June 20, 2003 at 04:34:18 (CDT)
Earlier this year I attended the Capitol Region TU show and bid
on a beautiful, 2 tipped fly rod. Amazingly, my bid won the rod. Later
this summer I plan to do some fishing in appropriate settings and
will report back to you on how I like it. There was nothing with the
rod to indicate the weight line it was designed for but I am guessing
perhaps 2 and 4wt. Perhaps you could provide some additional guidance.
I too worked for the federal govt but retired 10 years ago after 22
years as an officer in the USPHS. Most of my time was spent in New
Mexico working with the Indian Health Service. Presently I work half-time
at our local hospital and try to get out fishing as often as I can
(not enough). Many years ago I made several fly rods but never really
got into the details of design. I still use a Sage blank I made and
an old 3M graphite that has the metal ferrules. It is fun but I still
prefer to use the tools - not make them. Glad you are happy doing
both and hope you get to test your products often. Let me hear from
you - UncleRx
Steve Halstead <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Westminster, MD USA - Thursday, June 05, 2003 at 09:58:21 (CDT)
Great site! I'm into it time after time and it's been extremely
productive. John. government grants <email@example.com>
New York, NY USA - Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at 15:06:00 (CDT)
really great to find a site like this,heaps of luck and a happy,
Kevin Etherton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
port kennedy, w.a. australia - Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 10:45:44
Nice Site. Keep up the good work Printer Ink
- Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 23:29:42 (CDT)
Nice site, seems to be very popular! Lohn
USA - Monday, April 28, 2003 at 13:38:42 (CDT)
hello,,great site,,just when i needed help,,am in metal engineering
phase designing lathe. i didnt see the total requirements offered
with commercial models,to say nothing of the bucks involved.it was
a big help to find stephan's setup.i was moving in that direction.
i am still not sure about the dimmer switch application,could i ask
for help with it? thanks mutch,,t.j.
stewartsville, nj USA - Sunday, April 20, 2003 at 09:48:20 (CDT)
great site thanks. Umut Kemal Keskin <email@example.com>
istanbul, - Turkey - Friday, April 18, 2003 at 13:06:34 (CDT)
ken you do great work and your site is very informative, keep it
up guy, and I will be back soon
william harrell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
richmond, va USA - Monday, March 10, 2003 at 13:58:02 (CST)
Ken, thank you for your precious tips, your web site is very nice,
I am custom rods builder in Italy, and here in Italy nobody has one
site like yours ! Good job !! ciao Italo my web site is : www.biggame.it/peterpan2
Rome, Italy - Wednesday, March 05, 2003 at 14:58:26 (CST)
Reggie Blaney <email@example.com>
Rancho Cucamonga, CA USA - Wednesday, March 05, 2003 at 10:58:15 (CST)
Love this site! I desperetley need to know how to identify the
maker of an old rod I recently aquired. Manufacturer logo/label has
worn off. If anyone can help, please contact me. Thanks to all.
Robert Broadhead <firstname.lastname@example.org>
salt lake, ut USA - Friday, February 28, 2003 at 17:56:10 (CST)
Ken, You have a great website with tons of information that you
choose to share. I am just starting to build my own rods, and have
found you to be very helpful. I always enjoy reading your posts on
Joel Visness <email@example.com>
Rosemount, MN USA - Thursday, February 27, 2003 at 13:54:14 (CST)
Douglas Adams said: The knack of flying is learning how to throw
yourself at the ground and miss. Douglas Said <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Italy - Friday, February 21, 2003 at 07:22:49 (CST)
I own Ely Custom Rods and have been guiding boat trips to boarder
lakes along the B.W.C.A. near Ely Minnesota for the past seven years.My
goal this year is to provide a great setting for fellow rod builders
to get together and share their knowledge,stories and skills(fishing).If
you've ever seen or read about this area of the country you need to
give it a try.Hope you have contact with many other builders and can
pass the information along. Thanks A. Fredericksen,Ely C. Rods.
Anthony Fredericksen <email@example.com>
Coon Rapids, Mn. USA - Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 15:17:30 (CST)
I am so glad I found your site, and know that you are a credit
to the sport. David
David Gilberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ferndale, NY USA - Sunday, February 16, 2003 at 21:58:23 (CST)
Greetings and thank you ! James Fox
USA - Thursday, February 13, 2003 at 14:46:26 (CST)
OLA:) Miguel <email@example.com>
Spain - Sunday, February 09, 2003 at 08:32:20 (CST)
Cheers. rx2dz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wales - Sunday, February 09, 2003 at 08:31:51 (CST)
Thanks again for your help. I think I have found another great
hobby besides just fishing. By the way the weather in Florida has
been rotten. Today cloudy, 20 mph winds and high around 57. Fishing
has been tough. Great site and very helpful.
Spencer Bass <email@example.com>
Largo, FL USA - Saturday, February 08, 2003 at 18:16:48 (CST)
Just dropped in to say hi, I heard about you from carl, my high
school buddy from Salt Lake City.You have a great link. It is 7 above
here this morning, that makes it hard to keep the eyelets open. Good
Richard Mercer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
sandy, ut USA - Saturday, February 08, 2003 at 12:00:06 (CST)
Hey I really like your site. I have found some of the information
here helpfull. Thanks :) Joe D.
Memphis, TN US - Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 22:17:15 (CST)
Great site and lots of things I did'nt know you could do and will
try! See ya again soon.
stacy zimmerman <email@example.com>
topeka, ks USA - Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 13:55:39 (CST)
Love looking at how you are always experimenting just like me on
how to color blanks. Always want to see what you have to say on the
board. Good stuff! Have a Happy Holliday
Bill Boettcher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hackensack, NJ USA - Monday, December 23, 2002 at 23:19:54 (CST)
Nice site. I enjoyed it very much! :-) Eric Hickson <email@example.com>
USA - Wednesday, December 04, 2002 at 15:41:20 (CST)
Carl Rundle <CarlsRodShop@cablespeed.com>
Pasadena, MD USA - Wednesday, December 04, 2002 at 13:46:54 (CST)
cool site Discount Inkjet Cartridges
ripon, ny uk - Friday, November 29, 2002 at 11:34:23 (CST)
Ken did a super job on my old governor bamboo fly rod it was a
mess when i sent it to him now it looks like it just came from the
factory.Hes a super kraftmen that you again for doing the rod.
Gary Taylor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tor., Ont Can. - Friday, November 15, 2002 at 14:18:39 (CST)
Nice Site ! village cricketBen <email@example.com>
Harrogate, North Yorkshire UK - Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at 08:50:14
tooth whiteningBoB <firstname.lastname@example.org>
ripon, yorks uk - Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at 06:49:17 (CST)
Have just got started in rod building in the paste couple years.Your
sight has good info I haven't seen on to many other sights. Nice custom
butt raps from the ones viewed on your sight.Thanks
steven church <email@example.com>
perry, MI USA - Monday, November 11, 2002 at 00:30:27 (CST)
am new to making rods,lots of good info for me.I'll be back to
Bill Pulk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
prior lake , mn USA - Sunday, November 10, 2002 at 05:14:51 (CST)
Great site Ken! There is a wealth of information that you have
chosen to share with us and I thank you for that.
Nick Brunetti <email@example.com>
Boynton Beach, FL USA - Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 23:58:21 (CST)
Great site, I'm building since 28 years rods but never have I found
a sight that tought me so much about changing the color on a blank.
Mark Crouse <firstname.lastname@example.org>
morgantown, WV USA - Tuesday, October 08, 2002 at 06:21:14 (CDT)
Congradulations. Your almost at the finish line.(retiring) Unfortunally
I won't make it due to a job related misfortune. I've been wrapping
since I was a kid and now it may turn out to be a full time hobby.
Sure miss those days growing up in Ft. Lauderdale and sneaking into
the FPL plant. Do you sell componets? Ordering a catalog. Pete
Pete De Vito <AKAHosed-Again@aol.com>
Jupiter , Fl USA - Friday, October 04, 2002 at 08:21:22 (CDT)
Very nice site. Maybe we could fish the Bay together sometime? Hugh Miller <RodcrafterIII@aol.com>
Woodbridge, VA USA - Saturday, September 28, 2002 at 20:25:24 (CDT)
Great site :-) Dominic <email@example.com>
PA USA - Saturday, September 28, 2002 at 05:24:05 (CDT)
The website generates superlatives just as the workbook will inform
and inspire amateur rodbuilders. Well done. Lou Lampe, serious hobbyist.
Lou Lampe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tucson, AZ USA - Sunday, September 22, 2002 at 11:32:34 (CDT)
Great site, good shared info here and on your replys to questions
on Mudhole Forum. Keep up the good work.
Steven Macaione (aka. Shortfuse) <Macabe77@yahoo.com>
Wintersprings, FL USA - Saturday, September 21, 2002 at 23:50:20 (CDT)
Hi! I'm a new comer to rod building and the computer. Found your
web sight through Mud Hole on line. Without a doubt i'll be useing
your site alot "It's great" Good fishing! D.N
Don Newenhouse <email@example.com>
Fort Myers , fl USA - Saturday, September 21, 2002 at 13:30:03 (CDT)
Hello! Amy Catering San Diego California. Thank you for letting
me sign your guestbook and thank you for your website. Glad you are
San Diego, CA US - Saturday, September 14, 2002 at 17:16:54 (CDT)
Hey Ken, great site! Glad to see you doing something you really
enjoy. You deserve it after years of working for Uncle Sam. However,
I noticed in the video you look a little older than I last time I
Weilerbach, Germany - Tuesday, September 03, 2002 at 14:27:48 (CDT)
A very informative site. Keep up the good work. free essays
- Thursday, August 29, 2002 at 13:44:42 (CDT)
Nice Site!!!!!!!!!!!!! Boris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Monday, July 29, 2002 at 01:26:53 (CDT)
very nice site, good pictures and informative too ,, just starting
to get back into rod building after a ten year hiatus, yoiu site showed
me a few good tips that were forgotten along the way
USA - Sunday, July 21, 2002 at 19:25:25 (CDT)
Very nice looking site! T TroutHooker <I_Yam@TroutHooker.net>
Bend, OR USA - Sunday, June 23, 2002 at 00:43:52 (CDT)
Thank you for sharing information on rod building. Could you send
me some info. on places i could get supllies to get started? Thank
Ken Lavender <email@example.com>
Redding, Ca USA - Monday, May 27, 2002 at 10:39:35 (CDT)
Very nice selection and nice custom work! http://tentonweb.com/ <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Seattle, WA USA - Saturday, March 02, 2002 at 22:30:41 (CST)
Hello, there. Hope all is well with you. As a graphic artist had
to say yours'is smashing Catherine Lake
Los Angeles, CA USA - Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 19:02:05 (CST)
do yoy sell parts? or do you only repair. I have a yawman&erbe
mfg.co Rochester NY.U>S>A> Automatic reel.apt,d feby.28,1888.june
june 16 1891. can uoy tell me any thing about this or sujjest a bok?
del. baird,del,s knife repair <email@example.com>
lafollette, tn. USA - Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 11:47:02 (CST)
Nice place! Kim Kim
USA - Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 12:05:05 (CST)
You have a wonderful site. I'm new to rod building and there is
much information for me. I will have to "hit" you several times to
gather it in. It is so nice to find people like yourself to share
this , and that is what makes our sport what it is. If you ever get
to my neck of the woods I owe you a trip on our beautiful Barnegat
Bay. I'll be sure to tell my friends. Thanks, Ken
Ken Austin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Manahawkin, NJ USA - Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 19:27:13 (CST)
You Have done an excellent job on your web page. The button to
increase the font size did work and your web page is the first sport
fish related web page that it worked on all of the lettering. Thank
You for the Good work. Arthur Voss Fort of Lauderdale Florida
Arthur Voss <email@example.com>
Fort Lauderdale, FL USA - Sunday, January 20, 2002 at 22:14:24 (CST)
Found this site while surfing through Mudhole.com. I am interested
in building my own custom rods and possibly for other people. I would
appreciate any advice...
Jeff Nichols <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Clayton , N.C. USA - Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 11:04:13 (CST)
nice site found you while checking out fishing sites for Christmas
gift ideas for tom <email@example.com>
united kingdom - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 09:14:04 (CST)
This is nice, you do some nice rod work. Jim S. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kent, WA USA - Sunday, October 28, 2001 at 19:17:00 (CST)
Very informaative One of the best references I have come across.
Richard Battersby <email@example.com>
Chilliwack, Canada - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 12:53:30 (CDT)
Very informitive Thank you
Richard Battersby <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chilliwack, BC CANADA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 12:11:29 (CDT)
A most informative site. I teach rod building at technical college
here and will reccomend your site to my students
Reg Braun <email@example.com>
Armidale, nsw AUSTRALIA - Friday, August 24, 2001 at 05:01:34 (CDT)
If I had a site, this would be the one I'd have. Very impressive.
Richard Koskey <RHKProperties>
Coral Springs, Fl USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2001 at 18:15:06 (CDT)
eric chapman <EAC@freemail.absa.co.za>
durban, south africa - Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 13:43:53 (CDT)
Ken, I was speechless when i saw your new site... It is remarkable,
it was worth the wait!!! Keep up the great work! Gary Gary Peres <firstname.lastname@example.org>
miami, FL USA - Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 19:19:13 (CDT)
I just wanted to make a public "thank you!" to Ken and Captain
Bruno Vasta for the great times I've had with them fishing on the
Chesapeake Bay. Again, thank you both! :) Mike Hicks <email@example.com>
USA - Sunday, May 20, 2001 at 12:09:34 (CDT)
01 Oct 2000
HOLA, THANK YOU
FOR DOING ALL THIS WORK FOR YOUR WEBSITE! I HAVE LEARNED MORE FROM
READING THIS, THAN THE RODBUILDING BOOKS I HAVE. I LIVE IN BAJA SUR,
MEXICO AND FISH THE SEA OF CORTEZ FOR TUNA, DORADO,WAHOO, AND MARLIN.
I'M ALWAYS FIXING OR REBUILDING MY RODS. I ONCE IN A WHILE NEED TO
BUILD A NEW ROD. I HAVE BEEN DOING SOME THINGS WRONG. I DIDN'T KNOW
WHY MY WORK WASN'T COMING OUT RIGHT. THANKS A LOT ....... BRIAN CUMMINGS,
LOS BARRILES, BCS MEXICO
great site Ken,
wish i was that good, lots of luck dave
Hi Ken, I've
been frustrated on how to refinish a blank after sanding. I always
ended up with small bubbles or some other small imperfections. I
decided to try the Flex Coat thin mixture and thin in with denatured
alcohol to almost a water thickness. Spread it by hand using a lint
free sponge pad which is actually part of a 4 x 4 medical bandage.
I soak the pad and wipe it from end to end by hand. It looked great.
Have you tried this? What is your best method? A brush just don't
work for me. Harold
I have frequented
this site since I started rod building over a year ago in Alaska.
Now living in Arkansas I have eight rods with my name on them and
countless others that I have fixed. Thank you for all the advice.
This site has
alot of helpful hints.And And makes alot of sence in what ken says.
your website- some good information. We're always learning. Especially
those of us not afraid to share. Using the soda straw to help
with tape removal on butt wraps is a good idea. I'll have to
try that. I use double stick carpet tape on each end to hold
the threads, with a layer of masking tape underneath. The straw
would make removal much easier. I can't believe you do those
butt wraps so fast. Slow down, you'll make more money! It takes
me 10 hours or so to do a simple closed wrap, like fish patterns,
etc. I should be a rich man. Keep on wrappin'
have met me before I use to own Oceanside B & T in Ormond
Beach.I have moved my business to St. Augustine, but I am still
building custom rods. Nice to see that you Have a web site, I'am
working on one. Talk to you later. Michael
outstanding web page. Very informative and interesting. Don Sifford
I am the Asst.Manager of the Santa Cruz West Marine. The sight
is great and I look foward to my first rod. Joe Stern @ (831)
very impressive site, not bad whipping either!! with reference
to your request, no problem. Regards Dave
consuming hobby is handcrafting and custom building fishing rods.
I am always on the lookout for ways to improve my craftmanship
and have done so simply by browsing your informitive and well
presented web site. WELL DONE. PS I will be in contact via the
your work!I'll have to have you build me a custom catfishing
a fly fisherman since six years of age. It's just this year that
I've began to tie some of my own. A new rod would be nice. I've
marked your site for the future.
I have found
this site to be an extremely informative one for the up and coming
rod builders out there. The content is very detailed and yet
well explained. As I currently build rods myself on a small basis
I would have appreciated having access to this type of information
when I started out. Evanbuilt Custom Rods
Ken, I build rods but on a much lesser scale than you. Your instructions
are excellant and I can hardly wait to try some of them. Especially
the custom foam grips. Harold
I have built several rods, but i'm sure nothing that will look
like yours. Mine are functional and do the job. Again nice site.
Am adding it to my Favorites and passing it along to a couple
of charter buddies of mine.
Ken, I,ve bookmarked it for future visits..Zane
sharing your knowledge.The answers and tips on mudhole are greatly
appreciated also. Look foreward to meeting you at a seminar one
day.From a first timer. P.S. Ain't this web great ?
Looking forward to your new additions/updates. Hawk
to find someone who sells RodMaker Magazine (not rodcrafters)
and thought a rod builder might have it. Nice site, very nice
We love that Aunt Lori is the "poster woman" for Ken's
fishing rods! Hope you are well, we're thinking of you! Love,
Rich, Annie, Rebecca, and Ben
are a great asset to rod building. I thank you for your site
and all the help you have given me.
Superb!!! One of the most informative sights on the web. I was
absolutely stunned by the depth of info made available. And for
free what more can you ask!!! Keep it up Ken !!!
site. Keep up the good work.
and informing. Maybe one day we can do business
out and simple page which spells out class. Keep up the good
Browsed your web sight and only have two words for it "First
Class". The topics kept me busy until I had gone through
the whole menu. Thanks again for all your personal help. Again,
outstanding web sight. Without doubt one of the best on the web.
Steve Kemmerer University Place, Washington
- cool logo!
i'll be back from time to time to check for updates. I'am interested
in getting started building custom rods. I tried it about 10
years ago and thought it was fun. I think I wil try it again.
the rod you built for the board of directors of trout unlimited,looks
sharp in photo you sent me.bamboo rods are tough to do but you
got it down. great work, [AL]
form you were a gracious host of what turned out to be a perfect
day on the waters of the Chesapeak with Capt Bruno out of Solomons
Island. Warm sun, nice folks, cold beer, EXCELLENT tackle!!,
and plenty of fish!! Way to go! Can't wait to see the photos
on the web site! Again, a more public THANKS!!! Marty
I have a few rods in need of repair and am interested in having
maybe one or two rods built.When i typed "Fishing Rods" into
my search engine,(hotbot),your site was about the 3rd one to
show and looked like what I was looking for. Couple questions
for ya,... how do I contact you,(where are you located)? and
where did you catch that nice Striper ??? Ken Terry
Page Thanks I have bookmarked it..If it's about fishing I will
be reading he he..If you know somebody who likes to fish send
them to me..George..
for the help!! Your site is definately worth reading!!
site very interesting. Just a novice at rod wrapping, and found
several helpful tips. Will continue to monitor the site for additional
I build custom rods too and like to see what other guys are up
to. (You should check out http://home.earthlink.net/~rodmaker for
the best rod building magazine around!)
nice lay out of the site.good information on rod building and
what to look for. a custom rod is for life. and should be handed
down to the kids to enjoy.a custom rod is special.
you for all the help you provided me with when I was completing
an offshore flyrod. We all know that the big boys can wreck your
mind, body, and more easily your equipment. However, if you do
things professionally, and thoroughly, you will win the long
fight, and by learning the know-how that you provided me, it
might just make the difference between a lifelong dream into
reality. Not to mention, the little hints and tips not only saved
me from, making mistakes, but also many hours of frustration
and aggravation. Please keep up the GREAT work!
WEBSITE.WERE NOT IN COMPITITION WERE ROD BUILDING PROS.customrods.hypermart.net
Katch @ AOL .com
your articles on rod crafting very informative. I enjoy custom
rod building and have been building custom rods for about 20
Ken - just
wanted to thank you for the fly rod you made for my Dad. He loves
it! Of course, rumor has it that there's a bamboo rod somewhere
in his future... <grin>
Ken - I've waited
a long time for this site to come to fruition - the wait was worth
it. Your work is second to none and I will remember with fondness
the day we met. Take care and keep those great designs coming.
how are you? Ray showed me your web site, it looks nice. And is very
interesting. Love. Aunt Florence
without a doubt
the BEST fishing rod home page i've ever seen. in fact, it's the
only fishing rod home page i've ever seen, but that still doesn't
take away from the exceptional quality and obvious attention to detail
lavished on your presentation. yours is a model for all such pages...cu
Ken, Looks like
you got it all covered, you need to move your business a little closer
to the shore. There is aways room for one more down here in Ocean
Great job with
your web site. Good Luck!
Those fish really
make you look sexy...... Great web site. Good luck. Love, Linda
a (surf) rod for me that belonged to my Grandfather. It meant a lot
to me and to be honest I was a little nervous about how it would
turn out. He did a fantastic job with it. He put new wrap on it,
re-finished it, and put new line guides on it. It turned out great.
My Grandfather would be proud. Thanks again.
Ken: Mike said
to take a look at your new web site...I think its really fantastic!
I really like the way its set up and the graphics are really neat.
Ken, Nice site
- I'm passing your url to my cousin Ken who is a fishing guide out
of Bud and Mary's marina in Islamorada. Hope he can direct some biz
Way cool site,
Ken! Very fitting to be your webpage, straightforward with a "let's
do this right and have a good time" sorta attitude. Hope folks
are finding it and getting quality affordable fishing gear.
VERY GOOD A
BOOKLET ON BASIC ROD BUILDING WOULD BE A GREAT IDEA FOR INEXPERIANCED
Thanks for the
information. It is very usefull. I am just getting into rod building.
I practiced by repairing a friend's rods. Now I am building my first
I WOULD JUST
LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUICK AND VERY HEPLFUL REPLY.
I want you to
know I am still accessing your site and learning very much from it.
Last time I signed the guest book I hadn't done my first complete
rod. I made an ultralight and using Dale Clemens' books, wich you
reccomended, along with your information it came out fantastic. When
others have seen it they want one too. I get most of my parts from
a local rod builder and he has shown a willingness, actually more
like an eagerness to share information and help me along, just like
you do with this site. It is great having experienced builders so
willing to help. Thank you and keep me informed of updates
Great site -
almost makes me want to learn to fish.
I added it to my favorite fishing links and I will also add a link
to your site on mine. If you have a banner it would be great if you
could forward it to me for use on my site. I will be back often to
check on updates. Curtis