About

Bill Havens Saltydawg Custom RodsHow it all started…

My Step grandfather first taught me how to hand wrap rods in the late 60s, mostly bamboo rods on a notched cardboard box and a phone book for a thread tensioner. I would do my own repairs and build an occasional rod over the years. Went to work as a sign painter working for 2 different uncles who were master sign crafters. When the computer industry started taking over the sign business I went to work as a cabinet finisher until the doctors told me after 25 years of breathing lacquer and other exotic finishing fumes I should quit or die young. I started a painting contracting business in the 90’s, But really missed doing something creative. In 2004 I saw some pictures posted on bdoutdoors.com of a few guys that were wrapping some really nice rods and decided to pick up where I had left off. The materials had all changed since the last rod I had done, But with my background in exotic finishes it didn’t take long to get up to speed. I’ve found I can take a little bit from all my sign painting and cabinet finishing knowledge and incorporate it into design and building custom fishing rods and restoring and repairing old rods. So there ya have it. Give me a call and order your custom rod today! Hope to see ya on the water sometime.

Salty Dawg Bill



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