JD Rods is owned and operated by myself (Jeff Steenbergen). I build every rod from start to finish with a high level of attention to the small details that set JD Rods apart from all others.
JD Rods starts with quality blanks obtained from some of the worlds best blank designers. I strive to combine functionality and durability.
All rod blanks are individually inspected and flex tested to insure they are the proper action and that they are being built on the "spine. Building a rod on the spine is important to optimize casting and fish fighting capabilities and to help prolong the life of the rod. It is very important to understand that a rod blank may have a primary and a secondary spine, and it is crucial that the rod is built on the primary.
The grip and reel seat portion of the rod is important to the balance of the rod. At JD Rods I work to create the optimum balance available on each build.
Guide type, quantity, and placement play a big role in the performance of your rod. Guide placement is closely scrutinized to gain the most sensitivity possible.
Last but not least, most all of the anglers aesthetic desires can be met. After all if you own a customized fishing rod chances are you will want to show it off!