Mastering Rod Building Episode 24


Powder Coating Rod Guides with Mike Ward of Back Creek Custom Rods

This episode features Mike Ward from Back Creek Custom Rods and Custom Colored Guides. Mike discusses how he got into fishing and rod building, and how he started experimenting with custom coloring guides in 2021. He explains the difference between anodizing titanium and powder coating stainless steel guides. Anodizing titanium provides a durable color that cannot chip or peel, but the color options are limited. Powder coating allows for a wider range of colors but requires more labor and care. The podcast concludes with information on finding Mike at upcoming events like ICRBE and tips for learning from other builders at rod building gatherings.

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