Capt. David Bacon: ABCs of Fishing Rods | Homes and Lifestyle
We had more fun in our bait & tackle store (Hook, Line & Sinker) than safe people probably should be allowed to have.
We make custom packaged fishing rods designed by Store Manager Captain Tiffany Vague and part of the fun is that we named the new line of rods “Wave Rods” which you have to admit has real potential. marketing for slogans like “Get Vague on that Thon!” It’s too much fun.
Fishing rods are little understood tools except for avid anglers who have really put in the time to study. The questions people ask when they walk into the store tell the story. A very common question people ask themselves is, “Can you pick me out a good all-round rod that can do just about anything?” “
My answer is, “When was the last time you saw a golfer come out with one club?”
The reason the answer is “never” is because there is no club that can do everything a golfer has to do. It’s the same with fishing.
A cane to go out by boat for redfish and ling cod won’t do what you need when casting from the waves or when going up to the lake for trout, or when hunting sharks or tuna. Like any tool, a rod must be suitable for a job.
We start by purchasing high quality blanks from companies that make them in America – Cousins Tackle, Calstar and Seeker. A blank is the rod itself, without any accessories such as handles, reel seat (to mount the fishing reel), artwork, line guides and tip. The use of blanks made in the USA is important to us.
Next, Captain Tiffany designs rods that are perfect for one type of fishing, with the right accessories, considering the style of fishing, target species, material and line weight.
It’s the engineering side, but then the art side focuses as she chooses thread colors and patterns such as diamonds, herringbone, fish wraps, dragon scales, and American flags.
Captain Tiffany has been an artistic person all his life and this is his much sought after outlet that combines art with his life’s work as a crew member and fishing boat captain as well as a store manager. bait and equipment. She knows what a fisherman needs from a rod and she knows how to make it look good.
We show off her rods at the tackle store, but with people learning what she does and seeing her engineering and craftsmanship, the majority of the rods she makes are meant to fill orders.
People love that she works with their favorite colors and maybe put their name or the name of their boat on their personalized rod or assorted rod suite. Captain Tiffany is having a blast. At one point, it may branch out into gaffs and maybe custom billiard sticks for snooker shooting.
For a closer look at the art of Wave Rods, check them out on www.hooklineandshooter.com.
– Captain David Bacon operates WaveWalker Charters and is president of SOFTIN inc., a non-profit organization providing boating opportunities to those in need. Visit softininc.blogspot.com to learn more about the organization and how you can help. Click here to read the previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.