Easy and inexpensive access to information is the key behind getting more people involved in any endeavor. While many fishermen
have considered building their own fishing rods, many find that access to the information required can be hard to come by
or too expensive. Kids in particular, may not have the funds necessary to purchase rod building books, videos and/or DVDs.
The result is the "graying" of custom rod building's main participants. In fact, the average custom rod builder
these days is over the age of 50. What can be done to bring the craft to a new generation of rod builders?
In 2001, RodMaker Magazine launched the RodMaker Public Library Program. Its aim is to put instructional rod building
books in as many of our Nation's public and high school libraries as possible. To date, over 350 rod building books have been
provided, free of charge, to public and high school libraries across the U.S. More are being adding on a quarterly basis,
as funds allow.
By making free, basic information on custom rod building accessable to more individuals, we believe that more people will
get involved in building their own fishing rods. Ultimately, this is good for the craft, the rod building industry and the
many thousands and thousands of kids and adults who will be accessing and using these free rod building resources for decades