Local rod and reel builders

I’m looking to get back into saltwater fishing and need to buy rods and reels. I don’t want to buy anything made in China and would like to support in state people if possible. Looking for recommendations on good saltwater rods and reels to buy made in North or South Carolina. I will definitely be buying Zman since they are made locally. Thanks in advance!

Check out Phillips Custom Rodworks https://www.phillipscustomrods.com/
Les is Ralph’s son and has been building rods for about 5 years.
I have a few of his and they are amazing.

________________________ 1966 13' Boston Whaler "Flatty" 2018 Sportsman Masters 207 www.eyestrikefishing.com #predatorsstriketheeye

Thank you! I will check him out.


I was clicking through CF and saw your post. We at Haddrell’s Point have been building custom rods for over 35 years and are more than happy to assist you with any of your fishing needs. We have 2 locations in South Windermere and Mount Pleasant, give us a shout if you have any questions. We don’t have any spinning reels that are made in the US but we do offer a few brands of conventional reels that are made in the US.

Simon Owens
Manager (West Ashley)

or Mike Able at the Mount Pleasant location 843-881-3644