I am lucky enough to have a great group of friends who pitched in and bought a custom rod for me to show their gratitude for running our local fishing league. All of us have to make excuses to put more time on the water. My friends and I took it to another level and make it a weekly excuse most of the summer.
Once I realized the difference between a store-bought rod and a custom rod, I knew I needed to share it. I started by building rods for my father and father-in-law for Father's Day. By the end of the summer, I was asked numerous times to replicate rods that were either discontinued or too expensive to own many. Before I knew it, I was up to my eyeballs in blanks, cork, guides, epoxy and scouring the internet for new methods and designs.
Balancing life between spending time with my wonderful wife and two kids, a full-time job with a telecommunications company, building rods, fishing, hunting and camping can be interesting. Thank God I have a great support system and they fully embrace my sometimes-hectic schedule. I have a great passion for the outdoors and my family. I love to meld both every chance I get. Life is good when you see the ones closest to you enjoy the same interests.