Hand Crafted in Scotland

At Alba Rods I have spent over 50 years custom building bespoke rods that you cannot buy "off the shelf".

"Custom built" does not simply mean a different colour of thread or reel seat, the rod is designed and built to take into account your own stature, style of fishing, species sought and many other factors. A 6ft stand up rod with a reel seat and grip position suited to a slim, 5ft 4inch angler may not be ideal for a 6ft 4inch heavy built angler.

As a result it is virtually impossible to give fixed prices for rods, all I can do is give guide prices with the option to change a lot of components.

Good quality sets of guides, for e.g. a 10ft spinning rod, can range from around £20 to upwards of £90, likewise fly reel seats can vary from under £10 to over £100 for hand crafted titanium.

I have remained loyal to tried and tested rod blanks over the years, with the majority of the saltwater rods being built on Cono-flex blanks whilst fly and spinning / lure rods are on Harrison blanks, both made in UK. Pacific Bay also have some excellent blanks and some of them are well suited for rods aimed at tuna fishing.

Components used on the rods can be selected from Pacific Bay, Fuji, Kigan, American Tackle, Aftco or Everol roller guides.

Even with all my years of experience I am unable to build you an "all singing, all dancing" rod however over the years, especially in conjuntion with Cono-flex I have developed and designed a number of extremely adaptable blanks which can be used for a variety of purpose depending on build method and parts.

I tend to specialise in boat and big game rods for saltwater and salmon and trout rods for freshwater. I can build most other rods to order.

Given some alterations in the layout of the workshop I regret that I am no longer in a position to undertake building beach / surf rods.

Whatever you requirements you can be assured that the tradition of one to one service continues and that the finished build is to the very highest standard. Please feel free to get in touch by mail or phone, if mailing, it would be appreciated if a landline number could be left for contact.


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