First of all, if you have a specific rod blank that you want your rod to be made from all you have to do is to let me know. For example, you might love the action & feel of a certain rod that's currently available in every catalog & fly shop. You'd like to have one of these rods, but with a different shaped grip, an agate stripping guide, & different color of wraps. We can do that. I can get most of the rod blanks available on the market today.
Another, but rarer avenue, is that maybe you have a rod blank in your possession but you aren't a rod maker. Well, I can finish it out into a fly rod to your specifications for you. We would need to go over all the particulars of the rod you want first & be decided about all aspects of the rod before we do that, but it is a service I offer. Please - just don't send me a rod blank unannounced. I need to know for sure all the specifics of your rod before I take on the responsibilities of having your blank in the shop.
But how do I choose which synthetic rod blank to use for your rod? Well, after you & I talk, & I know what action & feel you're after, I literally look over every rod blank that's available on the market to see which one will best suit your needs. Maybe you have a color preference for your blank? If so I then try to confine my searches to blanks of that color to see if it's possible to accommodate your color choice. There's a lot more to it, but you can see how it works. It can take a lot of time to find the best blank for you.
So no matter if you have a specific rod blank in mind, or just a specific rod action, or maybe even a rod blank gathering dust, I can help you get the rod you want. After all, that's my job as a custom rod maker. I want to help & accommodate you as best as I can. Please contact me to discuss your custom fly rod.