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Custom Built Rods

In our Liverpool factory we build in batches. We can offer small small changes to rods ordered through our partner dealers, such as adding a name, but we do not offer a full custom service. That is where our custom rod building friends come in. If you want a unique custom built rod there are independent custom rod builders who will build a rod to your specification, both here in the UK and overseas.  Many of those rod builders are also well known as anglers and can also offer you expert advice. These are independent businesses, and vary in what they can offer and most have web sites and facebook accounts showing their work. 

The rods on the right are from Tony Kay Custom Rods, who is a custom rod builder based near Liverpool. They have Alps reels seats and are a fine example of what you can have made. Below we list a few more builders around the UK and overseas and the slider at the bottom of the page has more pictures and links to custom web sites. Of course you can always build your own rod and we offer components through https://www.rivercitytackle.co.uk where you will also find blanks listed. We do not supply rods direct but we do supply blanks.

Calvin Hancock Custom Rods

Based in a bespoke unit near Stoke, Calvin can offer our standard blanks and some specials 0777 328 3737

Mark Tunley Custom Rods

If you want to learn more about Mark Tunley, search out his extensive youtube channel. A serious expert on all matters fishing and making rods.

Neil Warner Custom Fishing Rods

Neil is based in Northamptonshire and is a regular builder on Harrison blanks and knows our range well.

Buzzard Rods

Buzzard rods are based in Leighton Buzzard and can offer all our popular rods custom built, but they do offer a lot of shorter and more portable builds that are not in the man stream if you are after something differebt.

Tony Kay Custom Rods

Tony is a versatile angler with an interest in catfish as well as carp. A source of good advice as well as excellent rods


Cotes et Lacs

Richard at Cotes et Lacs is based in France. He produces unique custom builds to the highest standard.

Dave Lumb

If you are a predator angler you probably know Dave Lumb. He is unique amongst our customers in terms of the range of predator rods he offers.

La Luciole

Pierre is based in France and works closely with us on rods for distance as well as main stream fishing. His work is of the highest standard.

Broadland Rods

Colin Pitelen trading as Broadland Rods is a real craftsman making lots of accesories as well as rods. Based in Norfolk he builds predator rods as well as carp.

Lee Preston Custom Rods

“I specialise in building bespoke, custom rods using the best components from Harrison Advanced Rods, Fuji, Alps, and Pac Bay. Using the rod builder tool you will be able to select the blank and components of your choice to make the rod of your dreams.”

John Llewellyn

John Llewellyn has the Big Carp brand and is well know for bait as well as building rods. He is very well known in France which is where he sells many of his rods. He speaks fluent French. 

Chris Sloman Custom Rods

Chris Sloman is based in Wales and is a very busy builder on our blanks. The picture is of a coloured specialist rod but he makes a lot of carp rods in a wide range of builds.


You might know resilure as a builder of rather exclusive beautifully crafted lure rods, but Darren Keats also builds exceptional specialist rods on our Harrison blanks.

John Rozier Custom Rods

John started out doing repairs and has grown his business into a full custom service

Broadlands Custom Rods. Colin Pitelen. Colin is a pike specialist and custom builds as well as having his own predator range. Norfolk. 077477415900

Buzzard Rods. Custom rod builder and specialist for repairs and alterations. Bedfordshire. coopsbuzzard@gmail.com

Calvin Hancock Custom Rods. Calvin is based in Stoke and is an expert in building high quality carp rods. 01782 498163

Clayton Custom Rods Kev Clayton worked in the Harrison factory for many years before setting up his own company. He sets the highest standards of quality and service and is based in the Liverpool-Wirral area. 07921121330

Cotswold Rods in Wiltshire offer custom rods and their own range of products. They also have space to cast a rod. 01285 860783

D.L. Specialist Tackle Dave Lumb is a well known predator angler and offers a wide range of rods, some to his own special designs, for predator, carp and specialist fishing. Preston area. 01772 812036

Eden Custom Rods Dean Hughes has a passion for creating some unique rods, both carp and specialist.  As a lifelong angler and engineer he says “detail is everything when it comes to the finished product”  Cumbria 07540 279900

John Hutchinson.  I don’t think anyone can claim more experience than John, who has had a long career of custom and trade rod building. An expert with cork. Bedfordshire 07899 800985

Johnson Ross One of the best carp and specialist shops, Johnson Ross also offer a bespoke service accessible from their website. 01992 462 044

Lee Preston is based in Chorley and has thirty years of fishing experience and a range of rods and components to look at on his website.  07467 606144

MB Rod building. Marc Barnet must be one of the most experienced in the business having built rods for the trade and in his own shop, Mark II Angling, and now working from home in Seasalter near Whistable. He has loads of experience to help you choose. 07768 455 458 marc@mbrodbuiling.com

Mark Tunley Custom Rods. Mark offers a wide range of his own special rods and custom built for river and carp. Hampshire 0790 525 6747

Neil’s Custom Fishing Rods. Neil Warner is based in Northamptonshire and is a regular builder on Harrison carp blanks 0796 6037289

Nick Buss Custom Rods Nick is both a well known carp angler and a well established rod builder. He can give excellent advice on choosing your next rods, and then build them.  Kent  44 778 778 0318

Orme Custom Rods Chris builds a lot of distance rods, and sells abroad. He also imports some exclusive components. Ipswich 07733 11 33 21

Peregrine Rods Roger McCourtney is a river specialist, though he offers carp and fly rods as well. He teaches rod building at evening classes, an all round expert! Bath 01761 419311

Resilure, Darren Keats produces unique beautiful rods. Lure rods, specialist rods and carp. 07768 398165 

Steve White Custom Rods offers some exclusive rods built on blanks we make specially as well as our standard range. South East based. 07818481963

The Tackle Box A long established shop with expert staff and a team of in-house rod builders. Dartford 01322 292400

Tony Kay Custom Rods Tony mostly makes carp rod and rods for catfish. He occasionally helps us in the factory too. Wigan  07525658802

Everyone in the list above can offer something different. Custom rod builders are always busy, so you may have to wait a few weeks for rods, but it is worth it for something unique built specially for you. Carp is the bread and butter for most builders, but many can offer any type of rod you want, and the majority are very experienced anglers, well able to give excellent advice.

 For more advice, ring the factory (0151 709 5981) and ask for Mike Helliwell.


Bulgari Custom Rods, Federico Bulgari, Italy

Cevenini Custom Rods, Paolo Cevenini, Italy

Cotes et Lacs who have many years experience with our rods and blanks. France.

Falcon Rod Design Repairs and custom building Belgium

Infinity Custom Rods Koen Verkimpe, Belgium

ORRC Rods Gatttenhaus, Ottmart Wirsing, Germany 

Ballay Fishing Rods Jan Ballay Slovakia

La Luciole, Pierre Gagneraud, France

A few videos from our custom building partners