fishermen and gift-givers! My name is Ken Preston. I'm just over
the half-century mark with 45 of those years spent engaged in chasing
fish, occasionally even capturing a few for the table. Ocean to
puddles, there is nothing too small (or too large) to hold fish.
About 2 years
ago I took stock of my future expectations. Since I'll be able to
retire from federal government service at 55, I decided that I should
really invest some time and effort into doing what I have loved
to do since I was about 6 years old. I was introduced to building
fishing rods nearly 17 years ago. Obviously the first ones left
much to be desired. I went off and read book after book, subscribed
to professional journals, and participated in seminars to learn
how to do this right. I've been designing, building, and repairing
rods now for myself and friends for about 15 years. Those 2
years invested in learning the craft have stood me in good stead.
With 3 to 4 years left to go on my current job with Uncle Sugar
I've decided that it's now time to "go public" and build
At this time
I have several commercial and charter captains for whom I do repair
work, and also a semi-professional bass fisherman who trusts me
to "talk through a needs-to-design" for specific fishing
applications. In starting off in this venture I have made a conscious
decision to provide the highest quality work at the most reasonable
As you will
see as you scan through this site, I repair and build fishing
with a fisherman's perspective. Before I begin any project I will
talk you, the customer, through options for the planned use
rod casting, spinning, trolling, line weight, lure weight,
and any other variables, such as left or right handed grip and
between your hand and the butt of the rod. Then we go over some
"wanna haves" colors, hook keepers, embossed
name, fancy wraps, special grip designs, and preferences
for reel seat sizes. This is the "choose your options" section.
It's your opportunity to give me some ideas so I can begin the
needed to estimate the price for what you want done.
Since I am a
fisherman myself having fished with everything from light
flyrods to larger game rods, and surf sticks we can probably
quickly narrow the focus to a few basic choices in terms of blanks,
reel seats, grips/butt assemblies, and guides.
often and see the changes to this site. I plan to provide a helpful
hints section on building rods that you can use to design and build
your own. Or use the information to contact another rod builder
for quotes. In fact, I encourage you to do the latter. I want you
to be certain that you are getting the best value for your hard-earned
those who like to build their own rods or like to have the kind
of quality rod that comes from serious personal attention to detail,
is the site dedicated to the art of rod-making and the
exchange of information at all levels regarding the design and construction
of truly unique "Tools of the Trade."
invite you to send comments and suggestions, and to visit the Workshop
section and the "step-by-step" tutorials there. Since
this site is dedicated to information-sharing, you should understand
that I will incorporate your input and add it to this site. In all
cases you will be given credit for the "tips, tricks and techniques"
that you wish to share.