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Due to the fog delay on Day 2 of the 2015 Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship, which was eventually postponed, my camera boat driver, who is also a school teacher, has a custom rod building business on the side. Since our day ended early, Scott Dobbins of TigeRodz asked if I wanted to build a rod in the down time. That was an easy decision and great way to beat poor weather during a tournament.
TigeRodz is run out of his basement in Scottsboro, Ala., where I was about to get a first-class education in DIY rod construction.
Here you can see a pile of Rain Shadow blanks awaiting his personal touch.
Photo: Thomas Allen