Custom Rods The Steelhead Drift Rod You Need to Fish Mud Hole Staff November 27th, 2017 | More From Mud Hole Staff Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Steelhead fishing is an exhilarating experience and this is the drift rod that’s ready for all the action. Build this Drift Fishing Rod for Better Bites When drift fishing, it’s hard to beat the rush of a steelhead bite. Since the moment changes from serenity and the slightest bite to intense fish fighting in a matter of seconds, it’s crucial you and your equipment are ready to perform. The best way to guarantee your rod has all the performance specs you need is simple, build this awesome rod yourself! From the performance driven MHX rod blank to the custom components engineered for steelhead fishing, this drift rod will easily exceed your expectations on the water. Custom Steelhead Rod Components Here’s the components to build this steelhead drift rod: Rod Blank: MHX Steelhead Rod Blank—ST1083F-MHX Reel Seat: CRB Premium Graphite Spinning Reel Seats—GSRS-17-S Rear Grip: 13″ Tapered Cork Rear Grip, Super Grade—RG-13T-300 Foregrip: Tapered Cork Foregrip 3″ Super Grade—FGT-3.0-250 Winding Check: Rubber/Vinyl Winding Check—CK-11B Guides: CRB Elite Spinning Rod Guides—3GKSC-3 Tip Top: CRB Spin Top—Model LT—ECLT-5-4.5 Thread: ProWrap Nylon Thread—RN-A-510 & ProWrap ProFX Premium Metallic Thread—PMS-A-9865 Step 1: Pick the Rod Blank MHX ST1083F Steelhead Rod Blank Length: 9’0” Line: 6-12 lb. Lure: 1/4-5/8 oz. Power: Medium Action: Extra Fast Action Finish: Slate For drift fishing, rod blanks don’t come much better than the ST1083F-MHX. Besides helping mend line, the 9’0” length helps cast small lures further upriver to increase your lures strike range as it drifts back down. Plus, this length provides pinpoint accuracy whether casting towards target structures for holding fish or drifting lures into steelhead travel lanes. Since steelhead can have subtler takes, the ST1083F-MHX also has on an extra fast action for better line control and hook sets. Along with the extra fast action, this blank’s medium power gives the perfect flex for fighting steelhead and maintaining control. If you’re looking for a longer option for side drift fishing, check out the ST1144F-MHX… Step 2: Put on Rear Grip and Butt Cap Ream the full cork rear grip to fit the steelhead blank and put the butt cap over the rear grip’s exposed tenon. Step 3: Install Reel Seat and Foregrip After the rear grip, mount the reel seat and follow that up with the foregrip. Step 4: Position the Winding Check Winding checks help clean up the transition from grip to rod blank, so slide on the winding check after the foregrip. Step 5: Add Thread Wraps and Epoxy Finish Then, wrap the guides and finish each wrap with epoxy. Step 6: Include Custom Decorations Put the custom in rod building and add your own decorations. The threadwork on this rod draws inspiration from the silver underbelly and green back of steelhead. By adding some black glitter to the epoxy finish, the final wrap has similar dark speckles to the steelhead species. Custom rod building gives you the ultimate control over your rod’s design and decoration, so you can build exactly what you want to fish. Hook More Steelhead with This Custom Drift Rod From the performance driven MHX rod blank to the custom components engineered for steelhead fishing, this drift rod will easily exceed your expectations in the water. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from In-Fisherman Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week Even More custom-rods Show More Get the In-Fisherman Newsletter FREE! Get the top stories delivered right to your inbox every week. Best Fishing Times: Solunar CalendarRead Now! ▶ Now on Tablets! Subscribe & Save! Temporary Price Reduction! Subscribe Now Give a Gift | Subscriber Services LIKE WHAT YOU'RE READING? Get 8 issues for the low price of just $8! Subscribe!