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    You guys are all correct. It is also what some are willing to pay!

    I liken it to the fact that I can put 250 in materials in to a rod, 10 hours worth of work, and in order to turn a good profit for my time, I would need to charge about 450 for that rod.

    Some understand what they are getting, and some don't. It is also the main reason why I never built on COTS (commercial off the shelf) blanks. I couldn't build and sell a St. Croix rod for what they do in a store. Not unless I am willing to make 4 bucks an hour for my time.
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    Ditto, of the several hundred rods I have built for paying customers basically as a paying hobby prices always started at $500.00. I also like St Croix blanks. I even have a few GLoomis blanks left over from when Gary Loomis still owned GLoomis Rods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wicklundrh View Post
    Ship, I sent you a PM.

    Just so that everyone knows. I build very few rods that I sell anymore. The primary reason is the guilt I feel for the amount of money I have to charge in order to make my time worth it. I've been asked by dozens of people about the cost and I always try to give them the same information that I sent to Ship in his PM. My primary reason for this forum is to try and help other people realize that this can be a great hobby, with great savings for building custom rods for yourself!

    I didn't want people to think that I was using this platform as a means to promote or sell anything. That couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, the last custom rod I built to sell someone, the guy bothered me for more than two years, didn't care about the cost, and was in no hurry to get one!!! If anyone has questions about the business side of it (if it is something they might be interested in) feel free to ask. I'll share my opinions and experiences with everyone! And just so that everyone understands, I no longer do this as a business, just as a hobby!
    You know I have been tying lures for 14 years and making soft plastic lures for about the last seven. People do not realize how much money you have wrapped up in equipment and supplies. The average price you can get for soft plastics is about 14 cents each. People argue about paying that. That means for a bag of 20 lures you would have to charge $2.80 per bag. Take away your costs and you actually make about 4 cents per lure or about 80 cents per bag.

    For a small production lure maker you have to be in this hobby to make lures for yourself and a few friends. I stopped selling my lures two years ago and concentrated more on teaching people what I know. https://www.crappie.com/crappie/diy-...ppliers-tools/

    So, I guess I can empathize with all that you said. I will go and get a MR. Crappie rod and be satisfied because I stopped tournament fishing 15 years ago when I was 58. Yes, I am 73 now so the rod would have been more an ego thing for me than anything else.

    Again, thanks for taking the time to respond. You do good work on your rods and you can be proud of that. Good fishing to you.

    The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. John 15:7 Jesus says..." ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."
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    I had a 6" lamiglas pistol grip BC rod built for me in about '78. Had some wonderful work put into it with a fancy wrap on the lower end and my name under the coating. That and a 5001C was stolen from me a couple of years later. Never regretted the money I spent on the rod, loved it's action. If I could find a rod that met all my expectations, I would pay very large dollars for it. I have wound some rods of my own, utilitarian and not fancy but they had action I couldn't find in the stores, also Lamiglas blanks. Love seeing the work on here. Might one day build enough of a fire for me to build another one for my self.
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    For those that were interested, I finally found the document I was referencing when talking about decorative wraps. I thought I had the actual PDF but realized it would be harder to get it to you guys. I found the URL to the guide itself!!!

    http://96.30.27.81/docs/CrossWrap%20B%20D%20Ehler.pdf



    I have OCD "Obsessive Crappie Disorder"
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeetbum View Post
    I had a 6" lamiglas pistol grip BC rod built for me in about '78. Had some wonderful work put into it with a fancy wrap on the lower end and my name under the coating. That and a 5001C was stolen from me a couple of years later. Never regretted the money I spent on the rod, loved it's action. If I could find a rod that met all my expectations, I would pay very large dollars for it. I have wound some rods of my own, utilitarian and not fancy but they had action I couldn't find in the stores, also Lamiglas blanks. Love seeing the work on here. Might one day build enough of a fire for me to build another one for my self.
    I don't think you can beat an old Lamiglas blank. I have not played with any of their newer ones but from my understanding, they are still trying to do things like they always have. Just with a little different materials.
    I have OCD "Obsessive Crappie Disorder"

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    Quote Originally Posted by crappie wrangler View Post
    Ditto, of the several hundred rods I have built for paying customers basically as a paying hobby prices always started at $500.00. I also like St Croix blanks. I even have a few GLoomis blanks left over from when Gary Loomis still owned GLoomis Rods.
    I would hold on to those GLoomis rods!!! I've looked far and wide for some old Fenwick blanks but they are hard to come by too. I have a 12 foot two piece fenwick that I have been redoing for a couple of years now. I don't know why I never finish that thing!
    I have OCD "Obsessive Crappie Disorder"
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    I went and looked just to know what I have and I have 4 CB845Bronze blanks left. I used them for Striped Bass and made a lot of them for the same use. While you can't lift a 10 pound fish with them they are very sensitive and will land anything in the water assuming the drag is set on the reel properly. I personally never caught anything over 25 pounds with them. They were my slabbing rod. 2 oz Prune Picker Slab Spoon.
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    Thank you for this PDF file. Lots to learn for sure. Hope I can get just a part of this down...Thanks again. Eric, AKA "jamesdean".

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    Just getting started learning the art of wrapping rods. You guys are awesome with the work shown on here. One day if I stay with it, I'll be able to do some of what I've seen here. In the mean time one has to start some where, and make mistakes, take criticism, and learn. I will be the first to admit I am not good at much, mediocre at best, but here is my first attempts at this rod wrapping. Now this is an old, old piece of rod that the local flea market had thrown away and it didn't even have a handle so I thought I would get it and use it for practice...Name:  IMG_20180813_142719.jpg
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Size:  34.4 KB. In the first one I didn't catch that the thread had slipped over the darker blue and then came back till after I had already finished and tied it off. The second id a design, not the colors that my better half likes. She wants Blue, Black and silver...But as I said, it's just practice, as with practice one gets better... Thanks for looking. Eric, AKA "jamesdean".
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