Harrison Guide to Buying your own custom built rod.
Because we build in batches, we do not make custom rods here in the factory, though we can make small modifications such as adding a name. But if you want a complete custom build there are many independent custom rod builders who will build a rod to your specification, both here in the UK and overseas. Many of those rod builders are well known as anglers and can offer you expert advice. These are independent businesses, and vary in what they can offer. A few phone calls should find someone who can offer what you want, a look on forums will get you some extra information on the work they do. The rods on the left are from Eaton Rodcraft.
We list a few custom rod builders below. When planning your specification you should take advice from the professionals as they all have a lot of experience, but ultimately you can have what you want. Each custom builder has his own area of expertise.
UK Custom Rod Builders
Anglers Workshop, Kevin Baines. Kevin produces his own range of rods and has an incredible amount of technical know-how. Newcastle Under Lyme. 01782 561 515
Angling Direct Birmingham, Bob Davis. Bob has been custom building for Fosters of Birmingham for many years and knows our range better than anyone.
Broadlands Custom Rods. Colin Pitelen. Colin is a pike specialist and custom builds as well as having his own predator range. Norfolk. 07747741590
Calvin Hancock Custom Rods. Calvin is based in Stoke and is expert in buidling high quality carp rods. 07773283737
Clayton Custom Rods Kev Clayton worked here in the factory for many years before setting up his own company. He sets the highest standards of quality and service and is based in the Liverpool-Wirral area. 07921121330
D.L. Specialist Tackle Dave Lumb is a well known predator angler and offers a wide range of rods, some to his own special designs, for predator, carp and specialist fishing. Preston area. 01772 812036
Eaton Rodcraft John Cheeseman has built an enviable reputation for very high quality work and often builds on our burgundy coated carp blanks. Norwich 07828178390
Eden Custom Rods Dean Hughes has a passion for creating some unique rods, both carp and specialist. As a lifelong angler and engineer he says "detail is everything when it comes to the finished product" Cumbria 07540 279900
John Hutchinson. I don't think anyone can claim more experience than John, who has had a long career of custom and trade rod building. Expert with cork. Bedfordshire 01767 317122
Johnson Ross One of the best carp and specialist shops, Johnson Ross also offer a bespoke service accesible from their website. 01992 462 044
Kingfisher Rods. Mick Holgate is a river angler and produces a range of his own special rods for the river and a lot more besides. Lancashire 01257436467
Mark Tunley Custom Rods Mark offers a wide range of his own special rods and custom built for river and carp. Hampshire 0790 525 6747
Nick Buss Custom Rods Nick is both a well known carp angler and a well established rod builder. He can give excellent advice on choosing your next rods, and then build them. Kent 01233 861136
Orme Custom Rods Chris builds a lot of distance rods, and sells abroard. He also imports some exclusive components. Ipswich 07733 11 33 21
Peregrine Rods Roger McCourtney is a river specialist, though he offers carp and fly rods as well. He teaches rod building at evening classes, an all round expert! Bath 01761 419311
Tony Kay Custom Rods Tony mostly makes carp rods, but he is very knowlegable about sea and catfish, offering a wide range of rods.He occasionally helps us in the factory too. Wigan 07525658802
Everyone in the list above can offer something different. Custom rod builders are always busy, so you may have to wait a few weeks for rods, but it is worth it for something unique built specially for you. Carp is the bread and butter for most builders, but many can offer any type of rod you want, and the majority are very experienced anglers, well able to give excellent advice.
For more advice, ring the factory (0151 709 5981) and ask for Mike Helliwell.
Cotes et Lacs who have many years experience with our rods and blanks. France.
Falcon Rod Design Repairs and custom building Belgium
Infinity Custom Rods Koen Verkimpe, Belgium