UPDATE: KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR OUR NEW AND IMPROVE LONG ROD DESIGN TO BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 1ST 2015!!
One of the greatest aspects of custom rod building, I think, can be
summed up on one word : "Innovation". Possessing the ability to design a
product that exceeds the expectations of anglers, while still
maintaining the functionality of your product, is what I consider one of
the greatest aspects of custom built rods. Innovation is key in this industry!
This is where we come in! Three years ago, after a long conversation with H.T. Pro, Jeff Kelm, I started work on our new long rod design. Being from New York, I had never even heard of the concept of using long rods or line through rods for ice fishing! This was a very new concept to me.
It took several months of research, and many years of testing to come up with the final product we have available today! Boasting an increased transfer of vibration in the palm of your hand, even the smallest of bites can be felt! The sensitivity of this rod is amazing, and is proving to be far superior to any other line through or long rods on the market! You also have the option of what reel you want to use, you aren't limited to a reel that is permanently mounted to the rod.
"The line runs through the center of the rod, wont the line freeze?" That is the most asked question we get from folks, when talking about our new rod design. For those of you who have never heard of the concept, a long rod is designed to be used in 10' of water or less. Using a rod up to 66'', it gives you the ability to fish shallow water and not have to reel, with the ability to life your line right up out of the water, take the fish off,and drop it back down to the same depth.
Also, if you are fishing shallow, clear water, using a long rod gets you back away from the hole. This is important, especially during early ice, when finicky blue gills and crappie have a better chance to see you standing over a hole. If you are a long rod fisherman, or are new to the concept, I suggest you give it a try! It adds a whole new aspect to the sport of ice fishing that I think you'll love.
Be sure to check out the different lengths we have available! This design isn't just available in a long rod! We will have shorter rods available in the same design, ideal for using in a shelter.