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Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod

Course Overview

There’s that old saying about teaching a man to fish, but this course lets students go a step beyond fishing to building their own fishing rods. We’re not talking sapling, string, and safety pin. Under the guidance of professional rod builder Kris Kristufek, students will build a technically perfect spin or casting rod up to seven feet long, using high quality, American made materials. There will be plenty of opportunities to personalize the rod with a choice of blanks, action/power, colors, and inscriptions. This is an intensive course in which all necessary tools and supplies are furnished. Over three days, students will learn how to build a fishing rod from carbon fiber, attach the handles and reel seats, find the spine, place and wrap guides, apply epoxy finish, and learn basic decorative thread cross wrapping. Why settle for a big box store rod when you can build your own?

All parts necessary must be ordered from several world-wide sources. There are choices for you to make so you can build the exact rod including length, action, and power. Other choices are spinning or casting rod, thread colors, and an inscription for your new rod. The instructor will contact you by phone at least 5 weeks prior to the class date to get your input and then will order these parts for you.

Note, materials fees will be due and payable to the instructor prior to the class. Materials fee varies: $250 and up

Required Tools

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.


Fri, Apr 29th, 2022  –  Sun, May 1st, 2022

Course Details

Hours: Day 1: 4-7pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm and 7-9pm; Day 3: 9am-5pm
Tuition: $235.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Kris Kristufek
Kris Kristufek
Breezy Point, MN

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Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod