Custom Fishing Rods

Custom Fishing Rods

Custom Surf Fishing Rods

There’s no comparison between finely tuned, custom fishing rods made by expert craftsmen and factory “off-the-shelf” rods from a discount store chain. Wrap your hands around a custom fishing rod specially designed for your grip, application and fish species, and you’ll never consider another production, off-the-shelf, fishing rod again.

We have crafted numerous custom fishing rods including bass rods, crappie rods, and trout rods, and are currently working on our own brand of custom surf rods, custom striper rods, custom catfish rods, and custom carp rods.

Advantages of a Custom Fishing Rod

Rod blank manufacturers mass-produce rod blanks by building up layers upon layers of fiberglass, graphite, and resin around a mandrel which is removed after the rod has cooled. Each rod blank is precision sanded and the final finish applied.

The Rod Blank: There are a number of good, quality rod blank manufacturers that we utilize depending on the application (fresh or saltwater) and the fish species. We order regularly from North Fork Composites (Gary Loomis Blanks), Rod Geeks (St. Croix Blanks), Stryker, MHX, Batson and others.

As you may guess, the price depends on the quality of the rod blank. We will help select one that fits your budget as well as your needs.

The Guides: We offer a wide range of guides for any application. We choose only the best guides from several manufacturers to include Aftco, Batson, American Tackle, Angler’s Workshop, Fuji, PacBay, and more. We’ll make the recommendations, but you choose the type of guides you want on your new custom rod.

We perform static stress tests on each rod to determine optimal guide placement which you will never get in an “off the shelf” mass-produced rod.

Handles/Rod Butts: Your choices include cork, EVA foam, Hypalon foam grips, and Winn Grips, to name a few.  We have hundreds of reel seats with a variety of colors to choose from, based on your application.

The Grips: We have a wide variety of grips available to choose from. Each grip is custom sized and cut to the proper length and fitted to the blank using only the best waterproof epoxy available.

The Finish: Typically, two to three coats of rod epoxy finish are hand applied to the guide wraps while each rod is rotating on a drying rack. This process takes up to three days to complete in order to acquire an imperfection-free finish on the rod. Special UV protectants in the finish prevent “yellowing” and will keep your custom fishing rod looking new for years.

Thread Colors: Top-quality nylon and metallic wrapping thread are used in wrapping our rods in your choice of color combinations.

Customization: Each custom fishing rod can be tailored to your specifications and can be personalized with your name and any other special graphics or enhancements that you desire to make your rods truly unique. We can show you a wide variety of options available.

Custom Painting, Cerakote

Goose Creek Rods now offers custom rod painting and cerakoting for reels. Contact us to review a wide range of options.

At Goose Creek Rods, we will work with you to make sure that you are totally satisfied with your custom fishing rod. If not, we will make the necessary adjustments until you are. Each blank comes with the manufacturers’ warranty covering workmanship and/or defects in the blank.

Turnaround Time: After the rod blank and components are chosen, your new custom fishing rod goes through a very thorough and tedious process. This process includes all of the above-mentioned steps as we carefully fit each component precisely to your rod blank. Furthermore, detailed custom wrapping, if ordered, lengthens the process.

Each custom fishing rod build is uniquely different; therefore an approximate turnaround time will be given once we know the specifics of your new custom build and take into consideration the number of projects in-house at the time of your order.


Each rod blank manufacturer have their own blank warranties. If your rod breaks, we will contact the blank manufacturer and determine what the costs and conditions are for warranty replacement. The customer is responsible for any costs and shipping charges associated with the replacement blank.  We will then reuse as many components as we can salvage from the broken rod. What components we cannot use will be ordered at the customer’s expense. All labor on the replacement blank will be provided free of charge. by Goose Creek Rods.

For serious anglers in the Monroe, Indian Trail, Matthews, Mint Hill, Pineville, and Charlotte NC area, there’s only ONE place to go for quality custom fishing rods; Goose Creek Rods.  Email or call 704 236 0897 for more information.