Custom carp fishing rods

Customer testimonials

Customer feedback is vitally important to use here at Blackys, and the majority of our work comes through recommendation.
Here are a few recent reviews from our Facebook page.

Just want to say a big thank you to yourself Dave after receiving my rods! Had them out on the bank this week for the first time and am thoroughly impressed, both visually and the way they perform far exceeds my high expectations!

From the moment I “popped in” to the work shop for a chat to the moment I received them you were a great help in taking the time to go through every detail! Your help and advice was very much appreciated along with a superb eye for detail and a perfect finish, I will definitely be recommending your services in the future!

Thanks again mate!

P.s there will be some pics to follow as I know you can’t wait to see my old work horses on them 😉

Declan Farragher

3 x Chestnut tinted torrix, full cork, alps seats custom chestnut whipping and gold detailing

Loving the new rods Dave can’t thank you enough the attention to detail is excellent they have gone beyond my expectations they cast excellent and are very accurate can’t comment yet how they play fish as unfortunately I didn’t catch must be curse of the new rods lol but I’m in no doubt they the will be excellent cheers Dave

Alex Ridehalgh

3 x Torrix 3.25 with Alps and Cork handles

A year ago I went into the world of Custom Built Carp rods as I couldn’t make up my mind on a factory blank. I gave Dave a call and let’s say the rest is history, He went through every detail of my Carp Fishing working out the right equipment I needed. I ended with a quality set of Harrison Torrix 3 1/4 proper little beauties. Top Marks Top Man

Paul Currill

Third rod built for previous customer to match, alps seats full shrink

Had 3 personalised harrison torrix rods built by blackys, and a torrix spod. Absolutely superbly built, what a set of rods. Thanks mate, well happy with them

Michael O'Brien

3 x Torrix & matching spod, Alps seats & K Guides

First weekend out with my new custom made rods by Dave
Don’t know all the technical stuff but torrix 3 1/4 with pretty eyes and a nice butt & good reel holders it all looks fantastic but what really mattered to me was how they felt with a fish on Fantastic & the service I got from Dave was the best with photos updates also a little banter chucked in for good measure
Would I recommend ?
If your in the market he’s the best he’s a name that’ll be sort after soon
Thanks Dave

David Simpson

Pair of Torrix 3.25, A grade cork Alps ARD seats

What can I say Dave is a top bloke and the Rods are truly stunning excellent service. If your looking for custom rods then look no further top job thanks

Chris Rice

Rebuild 3 x Treb Lights, Build 4th to match and matching Treb spod and Marker rods

Great customer service , great work , and a top bloke what more can you want , highly recommend !

Jamie Bonnett

Repair / Rebuild 3 Freespirit XS

I’ve been looking at Dave’s work for a while now ( rod porn) and like every other carp angler on the planet have been dreaming of a set of custom builds … Having made the decision on Harrison trebuchet lites I chose Dave on the strength of his previous work and his reputation for quick turnaround , as I have had mates wait over 3 months from other builders , after a quick call with Dave I was impressed with his obvious knowledge and passion for his job and non fussy attitude .Dave sent me regular updates and went through the various options and opted for Alps Ard gunsmoke reel seats , full jap shrink tube fuji k guides and stealthy finish ….. In less than 4 weeks my rods are in my possession and to say I am impressed is an understatement .. Unfortunately my photography skills ain’t as good as Dave’s Rod building skills … I will be back

David Rudd

3 x Treb lights with K guides and Alps ARD Seats

Top bloke got my free spirit hi s back today and over the moon with what Dave done to them cork handles new reel seats

Mark Toohig

Repair / Rebuild 3 Freespirit Hi-s with full cork & Alps seats

Just recieved a pair of 10ft Harrison Stalkers from Dave at Blackys. To say I’m impressed would be a wild understatement!!!

The quality of the build and finish on these rods is off the scale. You can tell that Dave has a genuine passion for what he does, and it comes across beautifully in his builds.

Not only did Dave work to the specifications I gave him perfectly, he also gave his own expert input along the way, and the combination of the two has created the awesome rods i now own!

Really can not recommend Dave enough!!!

Charlie Copollo

Harrison 10ft 1.75lbs stalkers in chestnut with custom wooden seats

Placed my order for 3 rods on 28th December
Aviator Plus 13′ blanks (had to be ordered from Harrison Rods (Closed for Xmas until Jan 4th)
Alps CAH window gun smoke reel seat
50mm K series Titanium SIC
Titanium Toeziet 40mm – 12mm tip

Delivered to me on Feb 01st……I didn’t think he would be able to deliver in four weeks considering he didn’t have the blanks in stock….but he did and the rods look excellent, absolute quality build. Many thanks Dave

Steve Arrand

Harrison Aviator plus 13ft with Titanium K guides and Alps seats

Superb customer service and quality of work is outstanding on my Torrix rods and spod. I have since ordered a matching marker rod completing my set.

Build time was superb with updates along the way along with photos of progress . Couldn’t be happier and would recommend without hesitation.

Steven Bigg

Harrison Torrix TE's with matching spod Alps CAH seats

Superb quality, service and communication. Dave built me an exceptional set of rods after many discussions around what would be best for what I wanted. The build quality is second to none, and Dave clearly takes a lot of pride in his work, there is no sign of someone just trying to turn volume around, each rod is finished perfectly. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dave if you are after your ‘Dream’ rods, indeed I’ll be back for the matching Spod Rod! smile emoticon. Good luck with the new workshop Dave,

Che Osborne

Harrison 13ft Trebuchet Lights, Full Duplon, Fuji K series Guides and Alps Seats

Great Guy. Fabulous workmanship and has a real passion about what he does.
Dave listened to what I wanted and pointed me in the right direction to what was best.
Importing gear from as far as Australia, when most would probably say can’t get that. I had full confidence in him immediately.
Im a pain in the rear and wanted updates constantly. To which he gave with a smile.
110% service Dave. And the rods are perfect…..

Damien Lyles

Harrison Torrix TE's with Alps seats & Sic K Series Guides

Seriously good rods! Rang Dave with some specifications for a couple of pike bait rods, Dave kept me updated with progress and was easy to contact. Received the rods today and I’m over the moon. Perfect for big gravel pit pike fishing, in sure they will be well used! Thanks again Dave

Adam Ford

Harrison Cerbera's built for Large Pit Piking

Thanks to Dave for rebuilding my old ng’s to a high standard! Well happy and looking forward to seeing you again

Dale Carter

Century NG rebuild from bare blank


Over the moon with the rods and all round experience top bloke! Highly recommend to anyone. 5*

George Farmer

Harrison Torrix 3.25lbs with Full A grade cork and Alps ARD seats

“Spot on service from start to finish. First time out with the rods and 3 people stopped to ask about them. Says it all really.”

Andy Readman

Harrison Torrix 12’6 TE’s with Carbon butts & Alps ARD Seats

Would like to say a massive thank you to Dave for a super service the rods where amazing attention to detail was just brilliant never seen such a great build quality would highly reccomend and will be back soon for the spod and marker thanks again

Matt Heighton

Harrison Torrix 12’6 TE’s with Full Cork, Alps seats and K series Guides

Blacky’s Custom Rods, fantastic service, outstanding craftsmanship and highly recommended to anyone.
Thank you Dave for a fantastic set of rods. They are perfect mate.

Stuart Young

Harrison Trebuchet Lights with Fuji DPS & Kigan Guides

“Amazing customer service! Top bloke! Kept me updated throughout the build and was very helpful when Dave’s supplier could not get the reel seat I wanted! The build on the rods are excellent and I am more than happy with my dream set of rods! Thanks again Dave!”

Jon Lane

Harrison Torrix 3.25’s with alps ARD seats & Abbreviated shrink handles

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to Dave on my custom rods. These are second to none and the effort and knowledge that he put in to making these. And to get them to me on such a small deadline staying up to the early hours some nights.

He truly went all out driving 60 miles out his way to meet me which goes a long way in my book hope I can do them justice and land a whacker. Thanks again Dave a true rod building genius. PS had a blast with the throwing stick and didn’t split any top man. Cheers Simon”.

Simon Whittington

Harrison Torrix 3.25’s and a matching Harrison Acurix throwing Stick

Made an old man very happy, excellent service and fantastic craftsmanship

Gordon Clark

Harrison Cerbera 3.25lbs with custom "silver fox" Graphics

“Dave you have done a very excellent job on my rods I can’t believe how they have come out fella if ever anybody wants custom rods give Dave a shout you will not be disappointed everything was as I asked and more a very big thank you Dave.”

Terry Roberts-Blackshaw

Harrison Torrix TE’s with matching Torrix Spod & landing net handle

“I have always wanted some custom made rods and after chatting to Dave at Blacky’s custom rods he convinced me that it’s the best way forward.
Dave keeps you informed about the hole proses including pictures of the build, from ordering the blanks to getting the correct reel seats for the rods,
because I live local Dave even invited me around to see all the fittings on the blank.

all in all, the service Dave offers is the best in the business and second to none, will defo be back to get some more rods off him.”

James Rossiter

Harrison Cerbera 3.25’s with Alps CAH Gunsmoke Matt seats

“I live in Maidstone Kent. After looking on the Harrison web site Blackys come up on the recommended builders. Some good pals were also having builds done by Vic Gibson. Helped make the decision to meet up with Dave at Blackys so as to be different from the crowd!!!

Travelling up to oxford from Maidstone was well worth the time and effort, Dave is a mine of info So as I was choosing the components for the rods was more than helpful regards what would work and what wouldn’t!!! Long story short! It’s not very often you get something That surpasses all expectation and to say I’m a happy and satisfied customer is bang on! If you want rods personal to yourself built to the highest quality BLACKYS CUSTOM RODS! Can’t recommend them enough!!! Nothing is too much trouble !!!”

Terry Best

Harrison Torrix 12’6 TE’s, Full Cork, Alps CAH Seats and Fuji BKWAG Guides with matching Torrix spod & marker in same spec. Lovely full set of rods!

“Well what can I say! Dave exceeded my expectations in every way, the man is a genius and his attention to detail is second to none…
If you’re looking to have to some rods custom built then look no further!!! Will definitely be using Blackys again.”

Sam Caton

Harrison Trebuchet Lights, Alps CAH Seats & Fuji BKWAGS

“This guy is a genuine MASTER of rod building.
Attention to detail produced an amazing looking rod, so powerful but also so very light and beautifully balanced. You could say I am not the most trusting of people but when I spoke with Dave he made me feel at ease and relaxed no better person in this field can touch this mans amazing build quality and professionalism.

He does keep in touch and updates you on the builds and I am so glad to have entrusted him with such a project close to my heart. I am definitely getting another rod built soon. DAVE….. YOU THE MAN”.

Paul Johnson

A memorial 12ft Harrison1.75lb Specialist rod in memory of his grandad in a lovely green tint blank.

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