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Who we are

Blacky’s Custom Rods LTD is a small family business based in Buckinghamshire, a short distance away from many of the country’s premier big carp waters. Dave the owner and builder is an experienced and accomplished angler himself, and has many years of experience in crafting of the best bespoke rods available.

Dave understands the frustration associated with being a customer wanting a set of custom built rods, frankly ridiculous turnaround times of 20+ weeks, poor or non-existent communication and generally poor customer service across the board. That’s where we have turned things upside down! We hold the vast amount of blanks on our site IN STOCK, we hold ALL COMPONENTS listed on the site IN STOCK. We are on the end of the Phone, Facebook & Twitter and have a professionally finished showroom & workshop.

All customers are welcome by appointment to the workshop to physically see and feel the components and make an informed choice.

What we do

A premium product should attract a premium level of service, that’s what we promise!

We hold a large selection of stock and are able to beat completion times of any other builder in the country that offers an exceptional level of quality. Most builds are completed within 4 weeks, and some far quicker! We will not give you unrealistic timescales, that ultimately lead to disappointment and a poor customer experience. We will work towards any dates you have within reason so if you have a trip booked Dave will bend over backwards to ensure your new rods are built on time for that session of a lifetime.

Blacky's custom fishing rod

Why use Blacky’s?

We have a professional bespoke built rod building workshop designed to enable rods to be built of an exceptional quality. Temperature controlled workshop and thermostatically controlled drying room with dust extraction ensure a perfect finish. Our word is out bond and we have had so many customers comment on their surprise at the speed their rods were completed with minimal fuss and to an exceptional standard. We use Harrison Advanced Rods blanks exclusively for a number of reasons:

They are the best quality

Have the largest range of blanks

Designed and manufactured in Liverpool, England by Dr Steve Harrison

For more detailed information on any of the Harrison range please have a look at

Why buy standard

when you can buy Blacky’s?

Contact us to discuss the specification of your set of dream rods today!

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What our customers are saying…

“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. I’m a pain in the rear and wanted updates constantly. To which he gave with a smile. 110% service Dave. And the rods are perfect…”