Custom Built Rod

by Michael Prybis
(Greenwood, In)

I read the Extreme Ultralight Article in the June? 2005 In Fisherman magazine. This began my search for pushing the envelope of UL fishing. I went to Tenkara and Fly Fishing. Along the way I bought the blank used in that article from the Rodmakers Shop, which is currently out of business. I had intended to build this into a UL rod myself. Only thing is, I did not want to screw it up.

After years of this blank sitting in the corner and me only using Tenkara and Fly Fishing, I finally got around to getting this rod built. I contacted Jared Taylor of JTaylor Custom Rods to see about building this rod for me. After a couple of months I finally took delivery of the final product. I am truly taken back from the quality work he did on this. It is simple yet elegant.

While I have yet to really test this rod, I am able to cast 1/32 ounce jigs about 50' with a cheaper spinning reel and old worn out braid. I have my work cut out to be able to cast the 1/100 ounce like Bill says he is able to cast in the article.

I am currently awaiting an order of some spoons and other gear to try out on this rod. I will try to keep every posted how this turns out.

Mike Prybis

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Oct 11, 2018
pretty rod
by: bill piatek

I looked up your rod on his facebook page. Nice!

I'll be curious to see how light of a lure you can cast. Even Joe Robinson only went down to 1/64 in his book.

Oct 12, 2018
Beautiful Rod!
by: Les Albjerg

I checked out your new rod out over on Facebook Mike. It looks like Jared Taylor does really nice work. I am looking forward to hearing more reports on your adventures with your new rod. It continues to amaze me how much more fun it is to fish with a sensitive rod and finesse gear.

I am curious as to the length of your rod? Is the plan to fish it in moving water or ponds and lakes most of the time?

Please keep us informed, and I hope you get a quality reel to match your new rod soon.

Oct 12, 2018
by: Mike Prybis

I am really loving this rod. The blank should be a 7’6" 2wt St. Croix Avid 2 piece. I definitely need to upgrade my real and line. While I await my order from Chris, I tried the smallest little cleo and little devil spoons. These really load the rod and cast an easy 60’ with ease. I landed one small largemouth this evening waiting for my wife to get home from work. Had a couple other strikes with no hookups.

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