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Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod


with Kris Kristufek

Calendar Apr 20, 2018 at 5 pm

Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod
Three-Day Class:
4/20:  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
4/21:  8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4/22:  9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Tuitition: $180  Materials: $225

Build your first custom fishing rod under the guidance of professional rod builder Kris Kristufek from LakeLady Custom Rods. You will build a rod up to seven feet long, with choice of action and power, thread color choices, handle choices, and more, using American made component parts. Then add your own inscription and personal touches.  

This is an intensive course in which all necessary tools and equipment and supplies are furnished.  During three days of classroom instruction, you will learn how to build a fishing rod made from carbon fiber, attached the handle and reel seat, learn guide placement techniques, wrap the guides with fine thread, find the spine, apply epoxy finish and learn basic decorative techniques.

Why settle for big box store rods when you can build a much better rod yourself, custom-made to fit your measurements? 

In order to choose your custom materials which the instructor will order for you, you must register by March 4th. Registrations will be taken after that date, but selection of materials will be from the choices the instructor brings to class. Students must be 13 years old or older.

About the instructor: Kris Kristufek of Breezy Point, MN, builds award winning custom fishing rods. He uses only premium blanks and components, creating unique fishing rods for the discriminating angler at LakeLady Custom Fishing Rods. A Certified Professional Rod Builder by the Custom Rod Builders Guild, Inc., he is one of only two such Certified Pros in Minnesota and one of only 36 in the United States. He has build over 2,500 custom fishing rods. Kristufek is becoming known as the "Rod Professor" as he shares his skills, teaching others this interesting craft of Custom Rod Building.




Payment plan available: $275 deposit plus 2 payments of $65.00

Fly Tying


with Bob Wagner

Calendar Feb 4, 2018 at 12 pm

February 4, 2018
12:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $12

Fly Fishing is a fun and rewarding "Lifelong Adventure." You can fly fish all water, for any fish! This class is for beginners to advanced tiers, including youth 10 and older. You will enjoy tying two simple - but effective - streamer patterns, creating a great spring-type fly for Pike and Bass that also catches Walleyes. The tying techniques covered in class can also be applied to jigs and crank baits. 

All equipment and materials are provided. 

About the Instructor: Bob Wagner is a career teacher who has taught fly fishing in community ed for years and previous classes here. Bob has also been a park naturalist and is chair of Headwaters Trout Unlimited. 

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