The Proof Fly Fishing complete rod kit and instructional class is your ticket into the world of custom rod building. If you can tie a fly on the end of a leader, then you can build your own custom rod. We will provide everything you need and show you how.
Our blanks are the building block of your rod. The Proof line of fiberglass blanks can be ordered in multiple sizes and feature spigot ferrules, continuous filament E glass design, three pieces, and a custom screened rod sock.
Customize your kit by choosing:
grip shape, and
Our kits feature Snake Brand Universal guides, our own reel seats, hand picked inserts, and exactly the right tools and finishes to complete your build.
We have designed our rod-building class to require a minimal amount of specialized tools. You will only need a rat tail file (10" bastard cut or similar), a hacksaw (or any fine toothed saw), and some sort of wrapping jig. You can find instructions on how to build your own here or pick up one of our "sig jigs" for twenty bucks. Absolutely everything else will be included in your kit.
Of course, having the right parts will only get you half way there! Our class includes a multi-part video series to guide you through every step of building your rod. Fitting the grip, installing a reel seat, wrapping guides, applying varnish...we walk you through it all.
Included in your class price, you will be invited to join a closed Facebook group where you can ask questions realtime, get answers, and share progress photos with your fellow builders. When appropriate we will feature Facebook live videos to demonstrate a technique. The class will run for 5 weeks, but you will have access to the videos and Facebook group for as long as you need.
Ready to get started?
Once we receive your order you will receive an email with instructions for selecting the various components for your rod. The instruction schedule is listed below (not to worry if you have a conflict) we will email you a link for each video and you can always ask questions in the class's special Facebook group.
The first video will go live on Saturday February 25. Class size is limited so sign up now.
Week 1 February 25
Video: Fitting a grip, installing a stint, and installing a reel seat
Facebook Q&A dates/times: Saturday February 25 (2-3pm EST) & Thursday March 2 (7-8pm EST)
Week 2 March 4
Video: Guide placement, alignment, and wrapping guides
Facebook Q&A dates/times: Saturday March 4 (2-3pm EST) & Thursday March 9 (7-8pm EST)
Week 3 March 11
Video: Tip top installation, trouble shooting wrapping guides, and alignment (again)
Facebook Q&A dates/times: Saturday March 11 (2-3PM EST) & Thursday March 16 (7-8pm EST)
Week 4 March 18
Video: Ferrule wraps, prepping wraps for varnish, and the first two coats of varnish
Facebook Q&A dates/times: Saturday March 18 (2-3pm EST) & Thursday March 23 (7-8pm EST)
Week 5 March 25
Video: trimming tag ends, and the final coats of varnish
Facebook Q&A dates/times: Saturday March 25 (2-3pm EST) & Thursday March 30 (7-8pm EST)