Build the legendary MB843 bass rod | Hosted by Cindy McKay

Build our most popular and versatile Bass rod!

The MB843 is our most popular bass fishing rod, period. It's versatility has earned this rod a spot in rod lockers from every part of the USA and beyond.

Cindy's build is an ode to this fantastic bait caster, featuring teal thread wraps that pop and accentuate the gorgeous metallic black pearl finish.

Bite sensitivity is enhanced by the incorporation of a Fuji blank-exposed reel seat. LZR guides offer smooth, effortless casting all day, and an ultra-tacky Winndry® polymer handle make this rod an absolute beast to fish bass, snook, redfish and anything in between.

Select a date from the list to book your class and build this rod today!

In this Workshop:

  • All the components, tools and supplies to build this rod

  • 2 days of personal online workshop instruction

  • Only 8 students per session!

  • No travel necessary - learn from home!

  • Sessions are recorded and archived for you to download and keep forever!

Build this rod start to finish in our 2-day online workshop!

Featured in this rod:

  • MHX MB843 rod blank in Metallic Black Pearl
  • MHX Winndry® polymer grips
  • Fuji® ECSM blank-exposed reel seat
  • CRB LZR ultra-thin guides

Rod Specs

7'0" | 10-17 lb. | 1/4 - 3/4 oz. | Fast Action | Med-Heavy Power

Small classes & personalized instruction

All the tools & supplies are included!

Build your rod from home!

Instructor Bio

Cindy McKay

As a school teacher, Cindy McKay first came to Mud Hole with the intention of sharing rod building with her students.

She quickly realized that parents were just as eager to learn, and joined Mud Hole as an instructor in our nationwide on-the-road series of classes.

Cindy has been with Mud Hole Custom Tackle as a regular instructor since 2017.

What students are saying about Virtual Workshops:

"I just wanted to say thank you very much for the wonderful job you all did in presenting our recent virtual class. When told our class would be online, rather than in-person, my reaction was to cancel. I did not see how such a “hands on” subject could work online. Well, I must say, it worked incredibly well. I felt like the instructors were right there with me - their experience and presentation were excellent. The instructor’s segmented videos were extremely helpful - I could review each subject over and over until I felt comfortable with it. I would encourage anyone who is interested in the class, but hesitant about the online format, to go for it. It was great."

Gary Wright, November 3-5, 2020 Virtual DIY Rod Building Class student

Wow - what a great class. The Zoom platform was outstanding. Jesus and Mike are TOP NOTCH instructors - very patient, very informative and very entertaining. I will recommend this class to anyone wanting to explore rod building!

Gary W. Wall, November 7-8, 2020 Virtual DIY Rod Building Class student

"Loved the class, actually felt like one on one training!"

Robert H.

"Finished class today. Rod is on dryer. Can't wait to use it. Learned a lot in last 3 days. Had fun! Jesus was a great instructor!"

Kenneth D.

"I really enjoyed working with all of you! As a retired vocational educator; I have a keen understanding of what goes into the planning, organization and instruction of such a class. I’m very pleased with the finished product, and look forward to breaking it in soon."

Ron C.

"The class was fantastic! Jesus was great! Was a whole lot of fun!"

David S.

Cancellations & Refund Policy

Cancellations made 30 days prior to the class date are eligible to receive a full refund.

Cancellations made 15 to 30 days prior to class date are not eligible for a refund but may be rescheduled up to 1 time.

Cancellations made less than 15 days prior to the class date are not eligible for a refund or rescheduling. All of your class materials, including the instructional DVD and archji will be shipped to you free of charge.

Sign up today and find out how sweet it is to catch a fish on a handmade rod you built yourself!



Line Weight:10-17 lb.
Lure Weight:1/4 - 3/4 oz.
Color:Metallic Black Pearl