Get live instruction in a small virtual classroom | Build your choice of Spinning or Casting rod | HD video conferencing provided by Zoom

Now Enrolling - Virtual Rod Building Classes in HD Video!

Now available for your convenience - Mud Hole is offering live rod building classes with one of our rod building experts! Class sessions are limited to 5 participants per session in order to provide the highest quality instruction for you. All classes are conducted using Zoom Meetings — we recommend using a desktop or laptop computer for the best experience. View system requirements.


Weekday virtual classes are split into 3 daily sessions, and run approximately 2.5 hours per day.

Saturday & Sunday virtual classes are split into 2 daily sessions, and run approximately 3.5 hours each day.

All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Benefits of Virtual Rod Building Classes:

  • Get all of the same tools & supplies as our in-person classes — shipped right to your door!
  • Learn rod building from the comfort of your own home!
  • No travel & hotel accommodations necessary
  • Smaller classroom sizes means even more personalized instruction
  • Sessions can be recorded and archived for your convenience.
  • Social-distancing friendly

Select a time & date from the list to book your class today!

Read Testimonials from our Virtual Class Alumni!

"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.

There’s nothing like catching fish on a rod you built with your own two hands!

That is why Mud Hole Custom Tackle has hit the road on a mission to teach as many anglers around the nation as possible to build their very own custom fishing rods! All the tools and materials to build custom rods are included in the two day class, and best of all... you get to keep it all - including your first custom rod!

Casting or Spinning? The choice is yours.

All students have their choice between a 6'6" spinning or 6'6" medium power casting rod from pre-assembled kits (included in the price of the class). Choose your favorite accent colors (8 thread colors included) and even personalize it with your choice of custom decal. Not only do we provide all of the necessary tools and supplies, but you get to keep them when you leave!

Topics Covered

  • Selecting the right blank and components
  • Finding the blank's spine
  • Attaching tip-tops
  • Thread wrapping
  • Cork reaming
  • Filing guide feet
  • Guide placement
  • Applying finish
  • Attaching reel seats
  • ... and much more

Items included in the class

  • Personalized instruction from professional rod builders
  • Mud Hole's Rod Building 101 DVD
  • A Complete 6'6" Graphite Spinning or Casting Rod Kit:
    • IS661M Graphite Blank
    • CRB Standard guides and tip-top
    • 8 spools of ProWrap thread in mixed colors
    • Personalized rod decal
    • 9" Cork rear grip
    • 2 1/2" Cork foregrip
    • 17mm Deluxe cushioned graphite reel seat
    • Black winding check & butt cap
  • Hand Wrapper
  • CRB Rod Dryer
  • Reaming Tools
  • Burnishing Tool

All the tools & supplies you need are included!

Build a 6'6" Medium spinning or casting rod!

Personalize your build with a custom decal!

Become a rod building expert!

Meet Your Instructors

Todd Vivian

Curt Baker

Buzz Butters

Cindy McKay

Mike Kosiba

Jesus Peña

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 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!



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