|Altenkirch Custom Rods|
If a picture is worth a thousand words, seeing an Altenkirch Rod,
But if you've got no Altenkirch Rod to see, take a look at a list of anglers who've owned the custom poles.
Altenkirch reportedly built rods for George W. Bush, Ernest Hemingway,
The Altenkirch company makes custom rods for saltwater fishing, big-game angling,
Graphite, fiberglass and other types of blanks
After an initial discussion with Hank Altenkirch to set the specifications and price, and after the angler pays a deposit, work on the rod begins, and the pole is usually finished in two to four weeks.
A line of pre-made but hand-built rods is also available.
Charles Altenkirch founded the rod company, now named Altenkirch Precision Outfitters, in 1930.
An avid fisherman who made his own
But word got out about his rods, and he started making them for others. His
The business took off, and the rod-building company replaced the auto garage.
The hurricane of 1938 opened Shinnecock Inlet, and big-game boats started sailing from the area.
Altenkirch started producing offshore rods.
Charles’ son Mickey eventually took over the business, and, changing with the times, replaced the bamboo blanks with fiberglass. Mickey’s son Hank, the current owner, next became in charge, and added blanks that were made from graphite and other modern materials.
But don’t take our word for it. Take a look at the rods, and you’ll understand.
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