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Pat Conroy: Custom Fishing Rods and Repair


NORTHBAY MARINA THIS TIME OF YEAR, EVERYBODY’S GETTING A LITTLE SPRING FEVER AND THINKING ABOUT THE GREAT FISHING THAT LIES AHEAD. SO WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOUR ROD NEEDS SOME REPAIR, OR YOU WANT AN OLD ONE REFURBISHED, OR EVEN ONE CUSTOM BUILT FROM SCRATCH? WELL, WE KNOW A GUY WHO JUST MIGHT BECOME YOUR BEST FRIEND THIS SPRING. THERE’S A SMALL SHOP RIGHT ON UNION STREET IN DOWNTOWN MILTON DELAWARE THAT IS A MUST VISIT FOR THOSE WHO LIKE FISHING WITH GEAR OF QUALITY. PATRICK CONROY OWNS PC RODS WITH HIS WIFE, AMY, AND HE IS A CRAFTSMAN. PAT CAN MAKE THAT FISHING ROD OF YOUR DREAMS, OR REPAIR THOSE RODS THAT HAVE BECOME NIGHTMARES. AND THIS TIME OF YEAR, HE’S A BIT BUSY. THIS TIME OF YEAR IS A GOOD TIME FOR EVERYBODY TO BRING IN THEIR FISHING RODS, SO THEY CAN BE READY TO GO AS SOON AS THE SPRING HITS. AND I KNOW PEOPLE WANT TO GET OUT ON THE WATER, THEY’RE DONE WITH THE WINTER, THEY WANT TO START FISHING SO, I ENCOURAGE AS MANY PEOPLE AS I CAN TO COME GET THEIR STUFF FIXED RIGHT NOW. EVERYDAY THAT WE’RE WORKING WE’RE IN HERE WORKING ON FISHING RODS, WHETHER ITS A TIP REPLACEMENT A BASIC WRAP, SOMEBODY WANTS A NEW DECORATION OR BUTT WRAP. AND IN THE TIME THEY’VE BEEN OPEN, THEY’VE SEEN IT ALL. WE’VE HAD GUIDES THAT WERE GORILLA GLUED ON, LOTS OF ELECTRICAL TAPE LOTS OF DUCT TAPE, CORK GRIPS THAT HAVE BEEN CHEWED UP BY MICE, BECAUSE THEY’VE BEEN IN THE ATTIC, JUST WE’VE SEEN JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING WE’VE ALSO SEEN A GUY PULL A ROD OFF THE BOTTOM OF THE REHOBOTH BAY THAT HAVE BEEN THERE MUST HAVE BEEN ABOUT 20 YEARS, AND HE WANTED THE WHOLE THING RESTORED TO BRAND NEW, SO WE DID IT FOR HIM AND HE WAS HAPPY WITH IT. ROD REPAIR AND REFURBISHING IS ONLY ONE OF PATRICK’S SERVICES…..BUT YOU CAN TELL THAT HIS MAIN PASSION IS CREATING THOSE ONE-OF-A-KIND CUSTOM RODS FOR THE DISCERNING ANGLER. THIS IS A SPIRAL WRAP ROD THAT I MADE FOR THE MATE OF THE L’IL ANGLER 2 HE WANTED AN EXPOSED REEL SEAT, WITH THE OCEAN CAMO GRIPS, AND HE WANTED A SPIRAL WRAP ROD. THE PURPOSE BEHIND THERE IS THAT THE GUIDES START OUT ON TOP AS A CONVENTIONAL SET UP, AND THE GUIDES WRAP AROUND THE BLANK, TO END IN A SPINNING ROD. THE PURPOSE BEHIND THAT IS SO THERE’S NO TWIST OF THE ROD IN YOUR HAND, YOU’RE ARM DOESN’T GET TIRED FIGHTING THE FISH, I MEAN YOU CAN LITERALLY TAKE THIS ROD AND BE HOOKED UP, AND HOLD IT LIKE THIS AND ITS NOT GOING TO GO ANYWHERE. I BUILT THIS ROD LAST YEAR AND TWO OR THREE WEEKS AFTER THIS ROD WAS BUILT IT CAUGHT THE BIGGEST BLACK DRUM IN DELAWARE. IT WAS SOMEWHERE UPWARDS OF 74 POUNDS. HE SAID IT WAS BENT ALL THE WAY INTO THE FORE GRIP BRINGING THAT PIG UP FROM THE BOTTOM SO. THIS IS OUR ROD LATHE, WE TAPE THE GUIDES ON TEMPORARILY, MARK EM HERE, AND THEN WE HAVE TO GRIND DOWN THE GUIDE FOOTS A LITTLE BIT, SO THE THREAD CAN WIND UP ON THERE, AND BASICALLY ITS ON THE ROD LATHE SO WE WIND IT RIGHT UP, TIE IT OFF, EPOXY IT, AND PUT IT UP HERE IN THE DRYER SO THE EPOXY CAN CURE FOR ABOUT A GOOD 24 HOURS. EVEN THOUGH WE TELL PEOPLE NOT TO FISH WITH THIS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS THEY STILL GO OUT AND FISH WITH IT SO WE HAVE TO PUT THE DISCLAIMER ON THERE SO. CUSTOMERS THAT COME IN AND WANT CUSTOM BUILDS, WE HAVE A SELECTION OF DIFFERENT COLORS OF THREAD HERE. SOMETHING THATS BEEN VERY POPULAR IS THE FOOTBALL TEAMS. AND A BALTIMORE ORIOLES ROD RECENTLY. THAT GUY WAS TICKLED BECAUSE WE HAD A NICE BALTIMORE ORIOLES DECAL THAT WE PUT ON THERE THAT HE WASN’T EXPECTING SO WHEN HE CAME TO PICK IT UP IS FACE LIT UP LIKE IT WAS CHRISTMAS MORNING. WE HAD A GUY COME IN WITH HIS PERSONAL, HE WAS A CASTING INSTRUCTOR FOR LL BEAN THEIR FLY CASTING SECTION AND HE WANTED HIS THUMB IMPRINTED INTO HIS CORK GRIP. OUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE STEVEN SMICK, DROPPED OFF SOME DRIED MAHI SKIN THAT HE GOT. WE JUST DID A MAHI SKIN WRAP AROUND HERE AND EPOXIED IT, AND IT TURNED OUT SO COOL LOOKING THAT I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT. ITS JUST LITTLE THINGS LIKE THAT THAT YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO FIND IN A STORE, UM, THERE’S GOOD FISHING RODS EVERYWHERE BUT IF YOU WANT TO GET EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT, YOU KNOW YOU CAN COME HERE TO US AND WE’LL MAKE IT HAPPEN ITS JUST A NICE PERSONAL TOUCH TO FISH WITH A FISHING ROD THAT’S MADE SPECIFICALLY FOR YOU. COMING UP NEXT, TRAPPER GENE

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