About Manresa Rods

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All Manresa Rods are hand crafted in my home workshop in Aptos, California. I am a high-end building contractor by day with a passion for fishing. Rod building started from my desire to be deeply involved in this sport and my need to create beautiful, useful things. I started making my own rods for myself and I tested them on many fishing trips around Northern California, Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. I had a few friends ask me to build them custom rods, which grew into more clients and more rod orders.

Custom fly rods is my specialty and fly fishing is one of my passions. I especially like fly fishing for striped bass, and I also enjoy using a baitcaster for largemouth bass. I will build high performance bass casting and saltwater rods upon request. The fit and finish of my rods is impeccable. I use premium rod blanks and only the best materials and finest components and finishes. I purchase my materials from well established American companies with roots in the fishing industry. I am a small one man operation who does this as a side business so if I take a day or two to get back I’m either building or fishing.