About Us

“If people concentrated on the really important things in life,
there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.”
~ Doug Larson ~

Fishing at sunset - photoWelcome to Whitecap Custom Rods, where we build unique, crafted with care,  premium fishing rods.  Growing up in New York Mills, Minnesota, an area of many lakes and home to Lund boats, I started fishing at an early age and reportedly caught my first five pound walleye by the age of four, although, I wonder if that wasn't a fish story concocted by my parents.  I spent summers on the lake and fished more that any one else in our family wanted me to.  Since then, I have fished many waters:  Lakes Superior and Michigan, Canadian, Alaskan, the Atlantic, Pacific, and Caribbean.  Now, some years later after using, losing, and breaking numerous commercially made rods I build my own.

It began by taking a rod building class and quickly turned into an obsession.  This addictive hobby played out as I began to make rods for all the fishing members of our family, their spouses and children.  Whitecap Rods is now a custom crafted rod business in Deerwood, MN where we offer premium rods for those desiring the best performing rods available.

We specialize in walleye, bass, panfish, northern and musky rods, but can build any type you want from spinning to deep sea fishing and more importantly they are built for you, according to your specifications.  Our enthusiasm for excellence makes your Whitecap Custom Rod unique and personal, and the best rod in your collection.