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Custom Shop FAQ

What is the process to order and build a Custom Rod

We start with a no obligation conversation about what you're looking for in a custom fly rod. Some things we'll consider are: 

  • Where will you be using the rod? Large rivers, small streams, saltwater flats, lakes, ponds?  

  • What species will you be targeting? What size are those fish?

  • How will you be using the rod? Will it primarily be used for dry flies, nymphs, streamers, all of the above? 

  • We'll discuss blank material, length, weight, finish type and color. Reel seat type and reel seat insert. Grip shape and grade. Your preferences for thread wrap color and materials. Guide type and color.

  • How do you want to personalize the information on your rod? 

  • Based on your preferences, we'll work together to come up with your custom rod design.


How long will it take to complete my rod?

  • We can generally complete your custom build within 4 - 6 weeks from the time your order is placed. Custom rods built on blanks or using components not currently in stock may take longer.

  • We'll communicate with you throughout the process to keep you informed as to how the build is proceeding and send you pictures as the rod is being built to make sure you're getting exactly what you want. 

What blanks do you use to build Custom Shop rods? 

  • We offer our own San Juan Rodworks blanks that have been well received over the last few years (Check out our Google Reveiws). 

  • We also have a selection of blanks from Sage, R.L. Winston, CTS, Steffen Brothers and MHX in stock, and can build your custom rod on a blank from one of these manufacturers.

  • We have access to blanks from other manufacturers as well, so if you don't see what you want on this list, reach out to us and we'll work with you to find what you're looking for. 

How much does a Custom Shop Rod cost?

  • Custom Shop rods built on San Juan Rodworks blanks start at $595​.

  • Custom Shop rods built on blanks from Sage, R.L. Winston, CTS, Steffen Brothers, MHX and others start at prices comparable  to what you would pay for a completed rod that comes directly from their factory through a traditional retailer.

  • Final pricing will depend on the specific components selected for the build.

  • Base pricing for builds on each in stock blank can be found on our Custom Shop Blanks page.

What comes with my Custom Shop Rod? 

  • Each rod comes with a rod sock and custom length, personalized aluminum rod tube​.

What rod types can you build?

  • We build standard fresh and saltwater fly rods, nymph rods​, switch and spey rods in graphite or fiberglass. 

  • Weight ranges from 2 to 14.

  • Lengths from 6' 6" to 14'. 

  • 2 piece to 7 piece travel rods. 

What components do you use when crafting a Custom Shop Rod?

  • Reel Seats and Reel Seat Inserts - Lemke, Struble, ALPS and San Juan Rodworks among others

  • Guides and tip tops- Snake Brand, CRB, REC and Struble Agate stripping guides among others

  • Cork Grips - Flor and AAA Grade cork grips in a variety of styles (Full Wells, Half Wells, Cigar, Snub Nose, etc)

  • Thread Wraps - ProWrap Color Fast Nylon and Metallic Thread. FishHawk Silk and Metallic Thread

  • We also work with a local New Mexico craftsman who turns stunning, one of a kind Reel Seat Inserts and custom Cork Grips

How does the warranty work for Custom Shop Rods?

What is the return policy on Custom Shop Rods?

  • Due to the unique nature of Custom Shop Rods, these rods are not eligible for return.

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