Build a Redfish rod inspired by the Mosquito Lagoon fishery | Hosted by Todd Vivian

Build Todd's "Mosquito Lagoon" Redfish Rod!

MHX lead rod designer and charter captain Todd Vivian has fished this rod all over the southeast for Redfish & Trout, and it performs exceptionally well.

Todd's spinning rod is based on the SJ842, finished in  metallic seafoam with white thread wraps.

Comfort is enhanced by the incorporation of an ergonomic handle design featuring CRB's Palm Swell reel seat and MHX Winndry® polymer grips. 

The super light SSR guide train trims extra weight from the build, making this rod a joy to fish for long hours on the water.

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 SJ842 rod blank in Metallic Seafoam
  • MHX Winndry® polymer grips
  • CRB Palm Swell ergonomic reel seat
  • Minimal SSR guides for weight reduction

Rod Specs

7'0" | 6-12 lb. | 1/8 - 1/2 oz. | Fast Action | Med-Light Power

Small classes & personalized instruction

All the tools & supplies are included!

Build your rod from home!

Instructor Bio

Todd Vivian

Todd Vivian has been building custom rods for 35 years.

After spending 20 years as lead rod designer for Lamiglas in Washington state, Todd relocated to Florida to develop complete lines of blanks for Mud Hole.

12 years and 600+ blanks later, Todd is still just as passiontate about fishing, sharing his knowledge as lead instructor for Mud Hole's education program.

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:6-12 lb.
Lure Weight:1/8 - 1/2 oz.
Color:Metallic Seafoam
Material:Winndry® Polymer