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Warranties are a concern with a custom rod. The manufacturers will stand behind their products and honour warranties on the blanks and/or any components that that are covered. Your parts and labour (or those of your builder) are not covered and therefore you must bear the costs. The advantages to a custom rod (especially one you have built) are a slight savings in cost and a great deal of satisfaction in getting a rod that has the esthetics you desire in a companion you will spend many, many hours with. I do believe that I treat the rods I have built with a bit more tenderness than I do others that I have merely laid out cash for, and this in itself helps to lessen the likelyhood of breaking one. There really is no overwhelming rationale to justify a custom built rod any more than there is one to justify spending 1/2 a thousand or more on a commercially built one. A $59 dollar broomstick fly rod will catch fish as well as a $1000 dollar Winston, the only real difference is the value the angler places on the instrument.
 

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Personally, I like tweaking all my toys, even if only a little. Have done it with bicycles, cars, darts, and now fishing gear. Whether it's upgrading drag washers on a baitcaster, bearings on a pin reel or having a custom rod built to my specs. There is somehow, a bit more satisfaction fishing a rod you had built (or built yourself) to your specs. From length of handle, selection of components, placement and number of guides, it changes the characteristics of your rod from one designed for the masses to one designed for you. And, it lets you fish with more confidence. Plus, it's way cool. 8)
 

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I guess even though I have made my own and enjoyed doing it, are there really any benefits other than personal satisfaction that "I did it!"

That being said, I am still thinking of building another one, but I can't figure out why.

Did I hijack this thread or the other???
I was just saying ....... build your own. It's what you want and what you get in the end.
Personal saticfaction is the end result.
 
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