For many builders this time of year can be considered their slow season. It is winter and many fishers have gone into hibernation and don't really get amped up about fishing until closer to the opening weekend. So now is your opportunity to have your builder's attention all to yourself.
The last thing I and many other builders hate is to be rushed on a build. Matter of fact, I won't rush a build. That means if you wait until the last minute you just might not have the rod when you want it. I see many post, from fellow builders, talking about a rush order where the customer is going out on a fishing trip in a week and want a new rod for the trip. My thought on that type of planning is "If you want it bad, you'll get it bad".
Here are a couple of tips that might ensure that you'll get your custom rod when you want it, no matter what time of year it is:
Plan ahead: If you know you want a custom rod for a trip in June get the process going at least a couple of months before then. A rough draft of what you like/want helps. You don't walk onto a car lot witout at least a rough idea of what you want, so planning for your build should be treated the same way. Knowing every specific detail isn't necessary, that's where your builder comes in. They should have enough experience to know what works well and what doesn't and offer suggestions accordingly.
Deposit: Getting your deposit in ensures a couple of things: 1) Your place on our build list. I don't know about other builders, but once you have a place on my list you are there. I don't care if " Mr. Didn't Plan Ahead" offers a bonus to move their build to the head of the list, it isn't happening. 2) Allows us to order/ machine any specialty components well before we need to start your build. Many builders do not keep every component known to man in stock. That's money out of our pockets for components we may ever use.
Following these suggestions can help ensure that you get your build exactly the way you want it, when you want it without any drama ;-)
Until next time my friends,