5 Benefits of Paying for a Quality Fishing Rod

Closeup of Man Using New Fishing RodWhile we all like to save money where we can, there are some things that require an investment to get something that is not only functional, but something that will provide you with years of enjoyment. One such item is a fishing rod.

If you are serious about becoming a successful fisherman, investing in a quality fishing rod is a near necessity, as it will not only help you catch more fish, but will last for years without wearing down, making it a great long-term investment.

When you want to have a great time on the water with friends and family, make the smart decision by purchasing a quality, custom fishing rod today.

Reeling in fish is a breeze

One of the best reasons for choosing a quality fishing rod is for the success you’ll have out on the water.

When you choose a rod that’s of a higher quality, you will often be getting one that is lighter, easier to cast and more sensitive.

If you’re looking to go from a good fisherman to a great one, it’s in your best interest to make an investment in your rod.

They have greater sensitivity

As mentioned above, when you purchase a quality fishing rod, you will be getting one that is more sensitive.

Greater sensitivity in a fishing rod means that you will be able to feel when a fish strikes, giving you a greater chance of reeling them in on a regular basis when compared to an ordinary rod.

Custom fishing rods from Grandt Industries are some of the very best when it comes to sensitivity.

They’re more durable

Another reason to choose a high-quality fishing rod is for the durability it provides. When you make the upfront investment in a fishing rod, you will be getting something that is made of better materials and something that will last for a long period of time.

While you are paying a little bit more upfront, you will be saving in the long run by having a rod that will last through years of wear and tear.

Customize the rod’s appearance

Quality rods often have the ability to be customized, allowing you to add a personal touch when you head out on the water.

Whether it be a rattlesnake skin, conch shell, exotic feather design, a thread weave pattern or more, there are a variety of decorative designs available for the exterior of your new fishing rod to give it a truly special appearance.

You’ll have more fun

Maybe the most important reason for choosing a high-quality fishing rod is for the fun you’ll have. To put it simply, spending a little extra on your new rod will go a long way in your fishing success.

You’ll not only have a greater chance of reeling in that prized fish each time you go out, but you’ll spend less time fidgeting with the reel, guides and other parts of the rod.

If you believe that a high-quality fishing rod is right for you, we ask that you call upon our team at Signature Fishing Rods. We proudly sell some of the highest quality fishing rods on the market from Grandt Industries.

These rods are used regularly by avid fisherman, those who are just starting out in the sport and everything in between. Grandt has been manufacturing high quality fishing rods in the United States for over 30 years and all of their rods come with a lifetime warranty for normal use.

When you want to increase the number of fish you catch and have a great day each time you go out with your rod, we ask that you give us a call at 630.234.6214 to get started!

3 Tips for Teaching Your Child to Fish

Father and so fishing on a dockIf you have a young child and they have expressed interest in learning how to fish, there are a few easy steps to follow that will have their first fishing adventure be something they will remember fondly.

When you allow them to get used to the equipment and how it operates before you head out to the water, keep things simple and focus on your child’s technique throughout the day, they should have no trouble picking up on this family-friendly activity that you will be able to share with them throughout your entire lives.

Practice at home

One of the best things you can do when teaching your child to fish can actually happen before you head out to your local waters.

It is suggested to get your child comfortable with knot tying, casting, bobber setting and selecting tackle at your home where they won’t feel overwhelmed.

This will give your child the ample time they need to get used to their rod in the comfort of your backyard, and as an added tip, make sure they are safely away from any trees, so their casting is not disturbed.

Keep things simple

Another tip for first time fishermen is to not get them overwhelmed with a lot of accessories or techniques that will confuse them.

It is important to keep things as simple as possible at the beginning. They can learn the intricacies of fishing with the more experienced they gain.

When it comes to their gear, your child should be more than fine with a starter rod, a kid’s tackle box and bobbers at the beginning and can move up to better equipment as they age.

Make it all about them

If you truly want to give your child the best opportunity to excel as a fisherman, it is essential that you give them the attention they deserve when fishing for the first time.

This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to leave your tackle box and rod at home, but you should make sure your attention is completely given to them each time they cast and reel in.

When you do this, you will be able to give them positive feedback for things they are doing well and gentle pointers for areas they can improve.

This will not only build their confidence but will give them a positive view of going fishing and leave them wanting more.  And make sure to have your phone’s camera handy for when they make their first catch!

If you’re ready to teach your child to fish and you realize you may need a new rod for yourself, Signature Fishing Rods is the team to call on. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about your potential rod and will find your child the perfect rod in the future as well.

We offer the highest quality custom fishing rods on the market from Grandt Industries and ask that you reach out to our team at 630.234.6214 today to get started.

5 Decorative Designs for Your New Fishing Rod

Man fishing with custom rodWhen you’ve made the decision to purchase a custom fishing rod, you’ll want to make sure you’re completely satisfied with every facet of it, from the feel of the rod to its design.

While the design of the rod itself can often be overlooked, it is a great way to show off your unique style and personality and can give you even greater confidence when you head out on the open water.

Whether it be rattlesnake skin, conch shell, thread weave patterns, exotic feather designs, fish prism patterns and more, the options are nearly endless when it comes to the overall look of your new custom rod.

Rattlesnake Skin

One of the more popular designs for a custom fishing rod is rattlesnake skin. These rods will be made with actual snake skins that will be worked to fit around the blank of your custom fishing rod, making it unique and easy to identify.

Snakeskin designs are available on most XLH70 Series, Reserve Power Series, Cuda Series, and Payara Series rods for an additional charge of $120.

Conch Shell

Conch shell designs offer the unique appearance you desire with the added protection that is provided by the shell. These shell designs come in tints that include blue, green or pink.

Similar to the rattlesnake skins, conch shell designs are available on most XLH70 Series, Reserve Power Series, Cuda Series, and Payara Series custom fishing rods for an additional charge of $120.

Thread Weave Pattern

With over 70 thread weave patterns available there is really a pattern for everyone. These unique designs will have your custom fishing rod standing out from the pack and are available on most XLH70 Series, Reserve Power Series, Cuda Series, and Payara Series rods for an additional charge of $130.

Please note, that some patterns look better on rods that have larger diameters. We will let you know if the pattern you select is inappropriate (too big) for the rod you have chosen.

Fish Prism Pattern

Another popular decorative design for fishing rods is the fish prism pattern. With this custom pattern you will have the ability to place an image of your favorite fish right on your new rod!

There are nearly 50 different fish to choose from with these patterns available on the XLH70 Series, Reserve Power Series, Payara Series, Cuda Series, and Grandt Slam Series for only $15, making them one of the more affordable options.

Exotic Feather Design

The exotic feather design is another popular option as it comes in a variety of colored feathers that include Australian Junglecock, Silver Pheasant, African Vulturine, Ringneck Pheasant, Peacock Hurl, Parrot, Wild Chicken/Turkey, American Zebra Goose and more that will have your custom fishing rod truly standing out.

Whether you’re looking for a neutral, earth tone or more vibrant color, there is really something for each design preference.

Feathers are available on most XLH70 Series, Reserve Power Series, Payara Series, and Cuda Series for an additional charge of $110.

Whatever type of decorative design you are looking for in your new custom rod, we ask that you call on our team at Signature Fishing Rods to handle all your needs.

Our professional team brings years of fishing and sales experience to each customer, making sure you get the rod and design you’ve always dreamed of. The custom-made fishing rods we offer are made right here in the USA and have an unconditional lifetime warranty.

Our goal is to completely satisfy you with every facet of your fishing rod. Please reach out to our team today at 630.234.6214 to get started or to have us answer any questions you may have about our rods and decorative designs.

What Makes Our Rods Custom?

When customers contact us at Signature Fishing Rods, they often ask a similar question, “just what makes your fishing rods custom?”.

Without getting into too much detail, we simply say that we give each and every customer the ability to build their own “custom” fishing rod.

We make it our number one priority to provide you with the perfect fishing rod(s) and offer over 500 models that can be customized to meet your specific needs and desires.

Whether you’re interested in custom handles, reel seats, guides, decorative designs or anything in between for your rod, we can help you create a custom piece you’ll enjoy for years to come.

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A variety of fishing rod models available

As stated above, our product line consists of over 500 models of fishing rods in seven series of blanks. Most of these rods can be modified to meet your specific needs.

We have several series of rods available including spinning rods, casting rods, muskie rods, salmon rods, steelhead rods, fly-fishing rods and more. Each rod within a series may have different customizable options and only the options shown will be able to be used for that rod.

You can customize it all

We believe that it’s up to the client to decide which options he or she wants for their fishing pole. Options for a given rod are listed individually during check out and can include everything from custom handles to reel seats, guides, decorative designs, a name or a phrase inscribed on the rod and much more.

Our goal is to make sure you are completely satisfied with every facet of your fishing rod and we achieve this by letting you dictate how it will be put together.

Although you will have the ability to customize nearly every part of your new rod, it is important to note that blanks cannot be substituted. Our blanks are made in the U.S.A., and in our opinion are the best on the market, so you won’t have to worry. For over 38 years, we’ve used the latest technology for each type of blank and they are covered by a lifetime warranty.

Please also note that all orders submitted will be reviewed by the rod maker to ensure that components are compatible with the rod that is to be built.

When you’re ready to build a custom fishing rod with an experienced fishing rod supplier, we ask that you think of our team at Signature Fishing Rods. We offer multiple lines of fishing rods on our site and allow you to build your own rod to your exact needs and desires.

For a quality custom made fishing rod made right here in the U.S.A., explore our site or give us a call at 630.234.6214.

Choosing the Right Fly Fishing Rod

Whether you’re looking to purchase your first fly-fishing rod or want to upgrade to a fly rod that better suits your fishing needs, there are several things to consider before making a purchase.

You should think of the type of fish that you’ll be going after, the length of the rod, the material the rod is made out of and more.

Although choosing a fly rod really comes down to personal preference, thinking of these few things will increase your chances of getting the fish you’re after and will give you a rod that will last for years to come.

Man Fly Fishing

Know what you’ll be fishing for

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a fishing rod is the type of fish that you’ll be chasing.

Although you won’t always be going after the same fish, it’s important to consider what you will be trying to catch on a typical day. There are some fly rods that are better for bass, some that are better for trout and so on.

Length is important

It may not always be thought of, but the length of your fly rod is extremely important. It is typically suggested to get a rod that is anywhere from 8-9 feet for full effectiveness.

An 8-foot rod is good for those who typically fish in smaller streams and make shorter casts, while 9-foot rods are ideal for those who fish in more open water and prefer longer casts. The 9-foot rod is also great for those who fish with a heavier line.

Make sure it’s easy to travel with

Another thing to consider when purchasing a rod is how you will be able to transport it.

If you go on more remote trips that include traveling on planes, you will want to get a 3- or 4-piece rod. This simply means a rod that can be broken down into three or four pieces, as opposed to one that cannot come apart.

They can be easily packed in suitcases or backpacks and reassembled at your destination. They are also beneficial for those who may be kayaking, canoeing or hiking to their destination and don’t want their rod getting in their way when on the move.

Know what it’s made of

When choosing a new fly rod, you will want something that is made from quality materials and is durable. There’s nothing worse than purchasing a new rod only to find out that it can’t stand up to the waters you’re fishing in.

The rod that you purchase should make you a more confident fisherman, and that all starts with the material it is made from. Many rods today feature CNC machined stainless stripping guides, stainless snake guides with oversized loop tips, machined up locking fly reel seats and more.

If you’re looking for a rod that is as comfortable as it is durable, make sure you are purchasing one that has a cork grip.

Consider a custom fly rod

If you’ve begun your search for a new fishing rod and have hit a snag, consider purchasing a custom fly-fishing rod. These rods are ideal because they each have unique characteristics and prices that will meet your distinct needs and budget.

No matter what type of fly rod you are interested in, an experienced fishing rod company will be able to find a fly rod that fits you to a tee.

When you want to purchase a custom fly rod that will give you years of enjoyment, we ask that you call on our experienced team at Signature Fishing Rods. We are proud to offer durable fly rods from Grandt Industries’ Arlington Fly Series.

This limited-edition series offers a durable, yet sensitive fly-fishing experience and has five different models available to choose from. Each of these fly rods are 4 pieces, come with AA cork grips, CNC machined stainless stripping guides, stainless snake guides, locking fly reel seats and more.

Better yet, all of our fly rods are made right here in the U.S.A. and come with a lifetime warranty. Give us a call today at 630.234.6214 to learn more.

How to Properly Set a Hook

When you want to become a better fisherman, there are several things that need to be done just right. One of these is setting the hook in a proper fashion.

The act of getting the fish to bite into the hook, and making the correct moves in the seconds after, is what often sets great fisherman apart from average ones.

Understanding how to properly set a hook will make you a more effective fisherman, and with enough experience, can help you land your desired fish more often than not.

Your posture is important

Fishing On a BoatWhether you’re fishing from a boat or on land, having good posture will give you the balance and power base to achieve a proper hook setting. We suggest having your legs shoulder-width apart and your upper body relaxed. You should also make sure that your elbows are tight to your sides or positioned so the arms of the boat seat do not interfere with the hook setting motion.

Feel the weight of the fish before setting the hook

One of the more difficult things to master is knowing when the fish has made its bite. To successfully set the hook, you’ll have only a few seconds to make this decision. If you pull too early, there may not be a fish on the line. If you pull to late, the fish may have swallowed the hook.

It will take some practice, but you’ll need to get good at feeling for the weight of the fish. It may be helpful to use a bobber if you’re just starting out, as you can typically set the hook when it becomes submerged.

Make your move

Setting the hook requires force and is a quick snapping motion where you’ll lift the tip of the rod upward and then backward over your shoulder. You can also make your snapping or pulling motion off to the side if you prefer (side set). Make sure there is little to no slack in the fashioning line before setting your hook, otherwise your set will just be moving fishing line. Once you’ve set the hook, you may need to give your reel a few turns to make sure it’s set properly.

Although setting a hook differs slightly from fish to fish, you’ll be well on your way to success by getting these basics down.

Whether you’re getting ready for your first trip or you’re an experienced fisherman, Signature Fishing Rods is your team for all of your fishing rod needs. Our team brings years of fishing and sales experience to each customer, making sure you get the perfect rod for success.

We offer custom fishing rods from Grandt Industries and ask that you reach out to our team at 630.234.6214 with any questions you may have about our rods or fishing in general.

How Should You Approach Fishing in the Wind?

Fishing in Rough WatersFishing in windy conditions can be both a blessing and a curse. Depending on where you’re fishing, the wind can attract certain fish closer to the shore, which is great for anglers! However, the wind can also make fishing more difficult and less enjoyable for the angler. Because of this, many anglers will usually avoid fishing in the wind, despite knowing that they have a better chance of catching a fish.

If you’re nervous about fishing in the wind, here are some tips that you can follow so you can feel more comfortable fishing in windy areas:

Stay Close to Shallow Waters

Windy weather doesn’t always have to work against you. It can be a good thing! Strong winds will activate the entire water and attract certain types of fish to move close to the surface. Typically, as the wind pushes itself to shore, it will bring along baitfish and smaller predators with them. Since these fish are moving closer to shore, you will also find larger predators joining into a feeding frenzy.

Go Heavier with Your Bait

If you don’t have luck fishing in the shallow waters, try upsizing your weight at least one size to maintain bottom contact in windy weather conditions. Spinnerbaits are also a great, effective fishing lure to use on windy days.

Anchor Your Boat

If you’re fishing at offshore locations, don’t be afraid to anchor your boat. Many anglers often dread anchoring up their boat because it can be a difficult task. However, a boat that’s in control of the wind can pay off. To increase your success, line up your cast to the structure, and drop the anchor. Then you can fish freely without having to worry about managing boat control.

Invest in the Right Gear to Help You Fish

Be prepared for any weather condition by investing in the best, high-quality fishing gear. At Signature Fishing Rods, you can browse our online selection of custom fishing rods, reels, and other gear.  If you have any questions about what gear would work best for you, please contact us today!

The Proper Technique to Reeling in a Big Catch

Reeling in a Large FishDon’t let the surprise of catching a big fish ruin your chances of reeling it in! The technique to reeling in small fish is quite simple, just keep the tip of your rod up and reel away. Large fish, however, are more complicated. You need to be on high alert, have a strategic plan, and most importantly, be patient.

To help you lock in your next catch, here are some of our best tips for reeling in large fish:

Keep Your Line Tight

One of our biggest tips for reeling in a larger fish is always to keep a firm tension on the line. If the line is too loose, the fish will be more likely to throw the hook. The best way to keep the pressure on the line is to keep the tip up and reel with a consistent and smooth motion.

However, remember that too much tension can end up snapping the line.

Let the Fish Run

When you’re fighting against a large fish, one of the worst things that you can do is force it to stay in place. Although this might feel like the right thing to do, it’s actually increasing your chances of breaking your line and letting your prize swim away.

Instead, set your drag so the fish can take out the line while still tiring itself out. After some time, your catch will eventually have shorter, less violent runs.

The Best Technique for Reeling in Your Catch

When your fish begins to slow down and stops taking line off your reel, it’s now your time to reel it in. First, start by lifting the tip of the rod towards the sky to about 90 degrees. Depending on how large your catch is, you may notice a bend in your rod, but don’t worry too much about this. Your rod is likely built to withhold the weight of your catch. After you’ve mastered the angle, reel as you lower the rod tip back down to around 45 degrees.

Repeat this process until you’ve successfully reeled in your catch!

Have the Right Gear to Help You Reel in Your Catch

Having a high-quality fishing rod will help you successfully reel in your big catch. If it’s time for a new fishing rod, make sure you’re shopping with Signature Fishing Rods. Shop with us online or contact us with any questions you may have regarding our products.

Your Guide for Registering for A Fishing License in Illinois

People from all over the country will travel to the State of Illinois because it has some of the best fishing grounds. Illinois is filled with more than a million acres of water. Lake Michigan is a very popular destination for salmon, and Cedar Lake attracts many bass anglers. Before you head out on the water, you’re going to need to apply for an Illinois fishing license.

When you’re applying for an Illinois fishing license, you’ll notice that there are several options to choose from depending on if you’re a local, non-resident, senior, or veteran.

Here’s a few rules you should know before applying for your fishing license:

Illinois Fishing License

How to Purchase an Illinois Fishing License

Purchasing a fishing license can be done online or from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Any angler who is 16 and older is required to fish with a valid license. There are a few different license options you can choose from, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has a breakdown available for those who are interested in learning more!

Each year, your license will expire on March 31st. The current year’s license will become available starting on March 1st of that year and expiring on March 31st the following year.

Rules for Children

Everyone under the age of 16 can fish without a license, and they do not need a trout stamp to fish for trout. If you are traveling elsewhere in the United States, non-resident children can still fish without a fishing license.

Rules for Seniors Applying for Fishing License

Residents who are over the age of 65 will receive a reduced fee for fishing and other sports licenses. When the resident turns 75, the fee is reduced once again through our super senior license. The price for this license is only $1 plus a $.50 handling fee.

Planning Your Fishing Trip

After applying for an IL fishing license, you can start planning your next fishing outing! However, always remember to review the applicable fishing laws and regulations in the place that you plan on fishing before heading out. Similar procedures for other states can be found on their DNR websites.

If you’re looking for new fishing equipment for your next fishing trip, contact the professionals at Signature Fishing Rods to learn more about our available fishing gear.

How to Choose the Best Fishing Lure for Your Trip

Fishing LuresTo have a successful fishing trip, you need the right tools. Once you find your perfect rod, the next step is to choose your lures.

These three factors need to be considered to help determine the right lures for you:

Identify the Fish You Are Catching

Because there are many lure options, you should first determine the type of fish that you are trying to target. What kind of fish is it? How large is the body? Is it a surface or bottom feeder? The answers to all these questions can affect the type of lure you choose.

Once you can identify the kind of fish that you are looking to catch, knowing what they eat will also help you choose the best lure. Make sure you perform research on the fish before deciding on your lure.

Choose Your Lure Based on the Weather Conditions

Besides identifying the kind of fish, you’re trying to catch, the weather can also affect the type of lure you choose. If you’re fishing in heavy wind conditions, you should opt for a heavier lure. Choosing a heavier lure will help create better tension on the line. By having more tension, you’ll be able to feel more vibrations from underwater and react much quicker.

Color Match Your Lure to the Water

Believe it or not, your lure tends to work best when it matches the water’s color. If you’re fishing in clearer waters, you should stick with colors like blue and green. If you are fishing in muddy waters, it’s more acceptable to test out other darker colors of lures, because their vision is hindered.

Start with an Easy to Use Lure

At Signature Fishing Rods, we have a large selection of Radke’s Pike Minnow lures that are easy to use and will give you unbelievable results in both fresh and salt waters. Shop our collection online, and if you have further questions, give us a call at 630-234-6214!