Stetson Rod


I am an angler running a small and family-owned rod building business in the beautiful state of Virginia. I specialize in fly and light tackle rods: single-handed, double-handed, small stream, kayak rods, pack rods, guide rods and other specialty sticks for anglers of all ages and abilities, to include those with physical disabilities. Custom rods are not just for the pro-anglers.

Building is a passion for me, almost as much as fishing.  I strive to achieve a balance of form and function in all my rod building.  Although custom rods can be beautiful objects, I put craftsmanship first. I build rods to fish after all, and I aim to give my customers tools that perform at their very best, regardless of the customer’s skill level.

I craft each rod one at a time; there is no assembly line and I have no production quota to achieve. Not every rod an angler owns should be a cloned product assembled in a factory. A custom rod is something built for you. Before you drop top dollar on a factory-made rod built to manufacturer specifications, consider a custom option.

If you are new to custom rods, it can be a very practical means of getting the rod with the options you really want and need. If knowing your rod builder is important to you then custom rods are for you.  I fish my rods and all the rods I build are designed to fish.  Each carries my promise of honest workmanship.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Stephen Christopherson

Founder and Rod Builder