April 27th, 2013
Dragon’s Custom Rods – Product Reviewby Donnie Grubbs III December 16, 2013
In the past, I have found myself using a certain brand of rod and reel combo that seems to meet my needs, for the most part. Both spinning and bait casting combos from this said company function well, are mid-level pricing and as stated before, meet MOST of my needs. But I have always wanted a custom rod and finally got my chance to try one out; Dragon’s Custom Rods.
Arron Slater is the mastermind over at Dragon’s Custom Rod’s and creates beautiful functional works of art at VERY reasonable price points. He uses state of the art tech in his rods and can customize them to the ends of your imagination.
Arron asked me some questions about what I wanted in a rod; what species I fished for, what type of reel I would be using, and any colors or customization I wanted in the rod. I let him know the basics of what I needed, and told him to add any extras to show his work. What arrived at my home was fantastic. All specs on the rod, as well as pricing, are listed at the end of this article.
The Bushido blank is as strong and sensitive as they claim. The MicroWave guide system is pure insanity. This system is fairly new to the market but I will look to include it on every spinning rod I acquire from this point forward. It saved me from numerous bird nests and knots due to wind and lure weight changes.The custom cork handle designed by Aaron looks fantastic and is seamless/smooth. The largemouth photographed with the rod was about five pounds. The 10″ worm used was picked up, dropped, and picked up again by the fish and I felt every bit of it. The thread work throughout the rod is perfect and the inlaid decals are placed so well they appear to be manufactured into the rod and threading.
ATC Bushido Mag Bass 7’3″ 8-15# B0.521 T5: $60.09
ATC MicroWave 9 Guide set Black frame w/ Nanolite rings: $41.93
ATC RingLock™ Micro Tops – Black, Nanolite Size: 4(5) ~ 2.0mm tube: $4.22
ATC Del. Graph. Spin. RS – 16 Stainless Reel Seats: 16 Stainless: $5.15
ATC Black Rubber Winding Check – Winding Checks: .450″ I.D.: $0.98
PB Stainless Hook Keeper – chrome small S S Hook Keepers: small: $0.75
3 Cork/Rubber Butt Ring 1 1/4 x 1/2 x 1/4 hole: $3.75
1 Rubberized Cork Ring 1 1/2″ x 1/2″ (no hole): $1.45
7 Burnt Cork Rings – .500″ W x .250″ ID: $6.30
15 Cork Ring Select – 1/4″ ID x 1 1/8″ OD: $9.00
Standard Shipping (3-6 business days): $25.35
Labor and supplies: $120.00
Grand Total: $278.97
That’s a completely custom rod, shipped to your house for under $300.00!
If your looking for a quality handcrafted in the USA, affordable and completely custom fishing rod, look no further than Arron Slater at Dragon’s Custom Rods. He is an experienced tournament angler whose full time job consists of making custom rods and repairing rods in his shop. Check out Dragon’s Custom Rods below and let them know I sent you!
Dragons Custom Rods Website: http://dragonscustomrods.webs.com
Dragons Custom Rods Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/dragonscustomrods
Donnie is a lifetime angler, based in north Texas. He enjoys fishing local lakes, rivers, ponds and occasionally the Gulf of Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado. In addition to fishing with bait casters and spinning rigs, Donnie also enjoys fly-fish. During the summer of 2013, he set the fly-rod water body record for white crappie on Lake Bridgeport in North Texas. Donnie is driven to keep developing his angling skills, and share what he has learned with others.
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Donnie is a lifetime angler, based in north Texas. He enjoys fishing local lakes, rivers, ponds and occasionally the Gulf of Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado. In addition to fishing with bait casters and spinning rigs, Donnie also enjoys fly-fish. During the summer of 2013, he set the fly-rod water body record for white crappie on Lake Bridgeport in North Texas. Donnie is driven to keep developing his angling skills, and share what he has learned with others.More by Donnie Grubbs III