Rod repairs and custom rod builders

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2015/10/24 22:06:56 (permalink)

Rod repairs and custom rod builders

Hey guys.  I have a broken tip on a decent rod (Oceanmaster OMBS71540).  And before you tell me to get one of those rod tip fixit kits and DIY, I did that.  It didn't turn out right and I hated it and refused to use it.  I hate to pitch a $100ish rod that I could use if I could get someone that doesn't suck at such things to fix it right.  So I searched a bit on here and it looks like there are a couple active guys who work on rods, but one is in Erie and one is equally South of me.  
 
Anyone know of a rod fixer type shop/dude in the North PGH area?  Same question for a rod builder?  More on that one below...
 
Thinking it might be time to buy a nice spinning rod.  I'm a career $30ish rod guy for the 6-7' one piece jobbers I typically fish with.  I could just drop for a St Croix, though I've hesitated since I really don't know what I get for all that money.  I have a couple "nicer" rods, like a Diawa Laguna and a couple Ugly Stick ISSs.  It is possible that really nice rods aren't worth it for me or my fishing, which is generally lazy bobber panfishing / splitshot on the bottom kind of stuff.  I won't be offended if the consensus is "stick with cheap rods, redneck!"  But if there's something in the $150-$200 range that would bring me to fishing nirvana, custom or off the rack, I'd love to hear about it.  Suggestions/experiences would be great.
 
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    BeenThereDoneThat.
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    Re: Rod repairs and custom rod builders 2015/10/24 23:13:15 (permalink)
    Sam I'm planning on (as in hoping) to hit Shenango sometime tomorrow, I'd be glad to let ya try one of my Croix for a while if , that'll help.  I have several in spinning and bait casting and none have ever cost me an arm and a leg.  I know it's a bit of a trip from your 10-20 but your welcome if you so chose.

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    Re: Rod repairs and custom rod builders 2015/10/24 23:34:58 (permalink)
    A fine offer, but I planned work and traveling electrician visit already for tomorrow.  :(  I'll shoot you a PM in a bit though.  
     
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    Re: Rod repairs and custom rod builders 2015/10/25 09:47:37 (permalink)
    It's not North Pittsburgh, but Lee Murray - Lock 3 in Cheswick is located less than a minute from the turnpike. If you decide to make the trip call first and set it up. He can order the correct tip and make the repair while you wait.
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    Re: Rod repairs and custom rod builders 2015/10/30 18:40:52 (permalink)
    Unless the guy has a magic wand, you can't "fix" a broken rod section on a graphite or fiberglass rod...You can buy a pretty spiffy rod these days for less than 50 bucks...If it breaks, just throw it away or use it for a tomato stake..
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    Re: Rod repairs and custom rod builders 2015/11/25 21:34:38 (permalink)
    I repair rods, but that's quite a trip for a tip repair.  As for your other question, St Croix Avid is a great rod in its price point.
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