How Do You Make a Fishing Rod Blank?

A fishing rod blank is the main piece of a fishing rod that provides the backbone, or ‘blank’, for you to build your own custom fishing rod. Building a custom fishing rod can be an incredibly rewarding experience, allowing you to tailor the weight, length and action of your rod to your specific needs and preferences. While there are many different types of blanks available on the market today, they all share some common characteristics.

When selecting a blank, it is important to consider the type of fish you will be Targeting. This will determine the strength and power of the blank required. If you are looking for a light-action blank for small freshwater fish such as trout or panfish, then a graphite spinning rod blank is usually suitable. For larger saltwater fish such as tuna or marlin, then you should opt for a heavy graphite casting rod blank.

The next step in making your own fishing rod is to choose the guides.

These are metal rings that line up along the length of the blank that help guide and direct the line when casting or retrieving. The size and number of guides will depend on both the type of fishing you are doing and also on the size of your blank. Generally speaking, larger blanks require more guides as they can handle more line weight.

Once you have chosen your guides, you will need to attach them to your blank using epoxy glue. Be sure that each guide is firmly secured before moving onto attaching any handles or reels.

If done correctly this should provide a durable bond between each guide and your blank.


Making a custom fishing rod with a fishing rod blank is an incredibly rewarding experience that allows you to tailor make a rod suited to your individual needs and preferences. By selecting an appropriate blank based on what type of fish you will be Targeting as well as choosing appropriate guides and accessories such as handles and reels, it’s possible to craft an effective tool to help improve your angling success.

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Michael Allen