Take a Rod Building Class

Whether building your first custom rod, or stepping up your game on your tenth, our expert instructors provide the personal instruction that takes all guesswork out of rod building.

Whether at the Mud Hole Education Center or in your home, Mud Hole offers personal instruction to meet your needs.

From basic rod building to specific applications, like a Walleye Jigging Rod or a custom Fly Rod, Mud Hole takes rod building instruction to the next level.

  • Learn from the leader in custom rod building

  • Includes all of the tools & supplies needed - over $200 in value!

  • Available In-Person at the Mud Hole Education Center, or Remote, from the comfort of your own home

  • Expert instructors make it easy!

  • Finish with your own completed, custom fishing rod!








Meet The Instructors




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.


Curt Baker

Curt Baker has been building and fishing custom rods in the Tampa, FL area for over 35 years. With grouper, snapper and black tip shark as his favorite species to target, he has built countless rods for them over the years. Curt has been sharing his knowledge through Mud Hole's education program for over 10 years.


Buzz Butters

Buzz Butters has been building custom rods for 35 years. He began teaching high school students about 20 years ago and joined Mud Hole as part of the Teaching Staff about 8 years ago. His company, B&B Custom Rods is a well-known purveyor of Walleye and Ice fishing rods in the Wisconsin-area.

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.


Mike Kosiba

Mike Kosiba has been a rod building instructor with Mud Hole for about 5 years, though he began his rod building career in the late 90’s – bringing decades of rod building experience to Mud Hole. Mike grew up in Florida but has been able to sharpen his skills fishing in places around the country, for virtually every species of fish… although he still prefers the trout and redfish in the Indian River.


Jesus Peña

Jesus Peña was a student in our very first rod building workshop over 10 years ago! He flew to Chicago from South Texas to take this class in 2009. Soon after, he began helping instruct Mud Hole classes in Corpus Christi, Houston and Dallas. Jesus has been with Mud Hole Custom Tackle as a full time instructor for over 5 years.