How are Fishing Rods Made

How are Fishing Rods Made

Fishing is one of the oldest human activities, dating back over 40,000 years. For millennia, anglers have relied on their knowledge of the water and their environment to catch fish. One of the most significant advances in the history of fishing was the invention of the fishing rod, which has made it easier for anglers to catch fish for the last 4,000 years. How are fishing rods made?

Today, modern technology has revolutionized the fishing rod industry, with manufacturers using advanced materials and innovative manufacturing techniques to create rods that are stronger, lighter, and more sensitive than ever before. So, how are fishing rods made?

Typically, fishing rods are constructed from a variety of materials, including graphite, fiberglass, and composite blends. Graphite, which is a type of carbon, is the most popular material used for making fishing rods because it is lightweight, strong, and sensitive.

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How are Fishing Rods Made?

How are Fishing Rods Made

To make a fishing rod, manufacturers typically start by selecting the appropriate material for the rod’s intended use. They then use a mandrel, which is a mold that is shaped like a fishing rod, to form the rod’s blank or the main body of the rod.

The blank is usually made by wrapping the chosen material around the mandrel and then curing it in an oven or by using resin. Once the blank has been cured, it is sanded and polished to give it a smooth finish.

 The guides, which are the metal loops that run along the length of the rod and hold the fishing line, are then attached to the blank. The handle, which can be made from a variety of materials such as cork, EVA foam, or wood, is then added to the rod. The rod is tested to ensure that it is straight, balanced, and has the appropriate amount of flexibility for the intended use. (How to Transport Fishing Rods in a Car)

What are the Components Of a Fishing Rod?

While there are countless variations between different fishing rod models. There are a few essential components that are common to all standard fishing rods. These components include a rod blank, a handle, a reel seat, guides, and ferrules. 

The reel seat is the component that holds the fishing reel in place on the rod. Guides, which are usually made of metal or ceramic, are attached to the rod blank. It will help to guide the fishing line along the length of the rod.

Rod Blank

  The blank is the main component of the fishing rod.

The Handle

Most of the time the handle is made of plastic, rubber, foam, or cork. For comparable gripping, the handle is affixed to the butt end.

Reel Seat

This is actually the linking part of the rod to which the reel is attached. The reel seat is actually made from plastic or aluminum.

The Guides

Guides are the loops fasten to the blank due to this a line is run.

The Ferrules

The ferrules are the metal sleeve that builds a connection between each segment. The ferules are mostly on the two or three-piece fishing rod.

How are Fishing Rod Blanks Made? 

To understand how a fishing rod is made, it’s essential to begin by understanding how to make a rod blank. Most fishing rods on the market today are made from either fiberglass or carbon fiber. The manufacturing process starts with a flat sheet called a prepreg, which consists of thousands of strands of carbon fiber or fiberglass that are impregnated with a slow-curing resin.

To make the rod blank, the prepreg sheet is wrapped around a steel mandrel that matches the taper of a fishing rod. Applying heat to the sheet makes it easier to work with during the wrapping process. Once wrapped, the rod is baked for up to an hour at around 300°F.

During the baking process, the resin activates, and the sheet shrinks. This shrinkage brings the fibers closer together, strengthening them and forming the rod blank. Once the baking process is complete, the maker removes the mandrel from the rod blank. Final sanding and finishing take place to prepare the blank for the next stage of the manufacturing process.

After the blank has been created, the handle, reel seat, guides, and ferrules (if applicable) are added to complete the fishing rod. The handle is typically made from cork, EVA foam, or wood and is attached to the rod blank. The reel seat holds the fishing reel in place on the rod, and the guides are attached to the rod blank to guide the fishing line along the length of the rod.

The process of making a fishing rod starts with the creation of the rod blank. The use of advanced materials and innovative manufacturing techniques has led to the production of stronger, lighter, and more sensitive rods than ever before. Whether you’re a professional angler, understanding how your fishing rod is made. It can help you appreciate the level of skill and craftsmanship that goes into its creation.

Turning a Blank into a Rod 

After the rod blank is complete, several more steps are required before it becomes a fishing rod.

  • The first step is to add a handle and reel seat to the rod. The reel seat is typically made of graphite or steel, while handles can be made of cork or EVA foam. These components are pre-fabricated and ready to be attached to the rod using epoxy.
  • Next, the rod eyelets must be attached to the rod. The builder starts by placing the eyelet in its correct location and taping it in place using a thin piece of masking tape. Rod eyelets have feet that extend from the front and back of the eyelet, and rod thread. Epoxy holds the feet in place.
  • The rod-building thread carefully wraps over the foot, and a thread burnisher ensures that the thread wraps are perfectly uniform and tight. Once the eyelet is bound, the builder applies several coats of a slow-curing epoxy finish to fully secure the rod guides.
  • With all the rod guides and tip-top attached, the rod is placed into a rod turner. Ensuring that the thick epoxy finish cures evenly and dries smoothly. Once the guide are attached, the rod enters quality control and is then packaged for sale.
  • Finally, after making all these steps of making a fishing rod involve adding the handle and reel seat. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced angler, understanding how your fishing rod is made can help you appreciate the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into its creation.

How is Bamboo Rods Made? 

Making a bamboo fishing rod is to create the handle and attaching it to the blank. The handle is typically made from cork or wood, and it is shaped using a lathe. The handle is then attached to the blank using epoxy.

Next, the rod guides are attached to the bamboo blank. The process is similar to that of a composite blank. With the builder carefully wrapped thread over the guide feet and applied epoxy to secure them in place.

After that, the bamboo rod is finished with a clear coat of varnish. It will give it a shiny and protective finish. Once the varnish is dry, the rod is ready for quality control and packaging.

While bamboo rods are no longer as common as they once were, many anglers still prefer them for their traditional look and feel, as well as their responsiveness when casting. Some anglers also appreciate the sustainability of bamboo as a material, as it is a renewable resource.


How are Fishing Rods Made? The process of making a fishing rod may seem simple. It actually requires a great deal of skill, knowledge, and attention to detail. At Razr Rodz, we are proud to be part of this tradition and are committed to creating the best fishing rods on the market while also being responsible stewards of the environment.

Shimano produces fishing rods at various facilities depending on the type of rod. For their high-end rods priced at $300 and above, Shimano manufactures them at their flagship facility in Japan. Meanwhile, the company produces its more affordable rods at facilities located in China, Thailand, and Malaysia.

Penn currently produces all of their fishing rods at overseas production facilities, with the majority being manufactured in China. In the past, prior to 2002, Penn fishing rods were made in the United States. Despite the shift in a production location, Penn fishing rods are still held in high regard for their quality, affordability, and well-crafted design.

Specialized manufacturing facilities around the world produce fishing rods. The majority of rods priced below $200 are manufactured in China, Korea, or Mexico, while high-end rods are usually made in either Japan or the United States

Several well-known fishing rod brands, such as Penn, St. Croix, G. Loomis, and many custom rod manufacturers, produce their rods in the United States. Typically, American factory production is reserved for high-end rods, while less expensive models are often manufactured overseas in countries like China, Korea, or Mexico.

Joshua Collier
"Joshua Collier is an experienced angler and writer based in Florida. With over 10 years of experience fishing in freshwater and saltwater environments, Joshua has become an expert on everything from fly fishing for trout to trolling for marlin.