It's Time To Flex Your Rod-Building Skills!

The 2022 International Rod Building Challenge by American Tackle puts the
best custom fishing rod crafters against each other to find out who is the
top rod builder in the world!


Each builder will be starting with the same American Tackle mystery blank, and will be challenged in figuring out the best way to utilize the blank in his/ or her style.

Completed rods will be judged at the International Custom Rod Builders Expo (ICRBE) in Winston Salem NC, USA on February 26 & 27, 2022. Judges will be announced no later than one week before the Expo begins. Past judges have included members of the Custom Rod Builder’s Guild, Editors for Fishing Trade Publications, Professional Anglers & Guilds, and even TV Show hosts! The top 10-15 rods will be chosen by a committee of builders (separate from the judges) and every judge will score each of the top rods to determine the 2020 IRBC Champion. Judging will take place in the American Tackle booth at the expo.

To enter, the two-piece mystery blank is purchased through American Tackle direct for $75 in the US and $100 international with shipping included and will be shipping 9/1/21. During 9/1/21-2/25/22 contestants may order components directly with American Tackle to complete their rods. Contestants will receive a considerable discount on the components.


Trophies and gift certificates to American Tackle will be awarded for places first, second and third. 1- $1000, 2- $500, 3- $250

For questions, or to enter the 2022 IRBC, contact Don at American Tackle Co. 407-706-0321, ext 1207 - don@americantackle.us

*NOTE* If a builder is not able to attend ICRBE, rods can be shipped to AT -received no later than 2/10/22

Shipping Address:

American Tackle Company


2133 Component Loop, Suite 1031

Oviedo, FL 32765

Good Luck!

 Make sure to visit the official group on Facebook, join the group and prepare

for the 2022 Challenge, brought to you by American Tackle!

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2021 Winners


1st Place Winner - Mark Crouse


2nd Place Winner - Wade Christensen


3rd Place Winner - Mark Blabaum

2021 Int'l Rod Building Challenge Trophies
2021 Int'l Rod Building Challenge Trophies

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2021 IRCB Top 10 Rod Entries
2021 IRCB Top 10 Rod Entries

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Carter Andrews, 'Obsession of Carter Andrews' TV Show
Carter Andrews, 'Obsession of Carter Andrews' TV Show

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2021 Int'l Rod Building Challenge Trophies
2021 Int'l Rod Building Challenge Trophies

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