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Slot Machine Custom Rod

What goes into building the Best Performing Inshore Spinning Rod on the market?

Let’s face it: the majority of tackle shops today are filled with Factory Built Rods made by various brands. Fishermen have grown accustomed to buying rods off the rack, and are often times settling for a rod that is simply “good enough”.

As long as it catches fish, it passes the test, right?

But what if you had a rod that was specifically designed to optimize casting distance & artificial lure performance? 

Contrary to popular belief, we feel the rod is the Most Important Tool in any angler's arsenal. Having a rod that is lightweight, strong & sensitive are the 3 Keys to Quality Performance. But it turns out, there's so much more to this process...

Over the past few years, we’ve been working with the rod building experts over at Mud Hole and learned that there’s no better way to dial-in the performance of a rod without first building one yourself.

We were surprised at not only how easy it is to build your own custom rod, but how much other rod manufacturers were overlooking some EXTREMELY important details in the rod's design!

One of the biggest missed opportunities that most rod manufacturers seem to overlook is Guide Spacing and Reel Pairing. Having a guide layout that's placed appropriately for your specific reel size will help optimize casting distance while also reducing the potential for wind knots. 

After countless hours of field-testing multiple prototype rods, we are proud to say we've nailed in the Recipe for the Perfect Inshore Spinning Rod.  And we've made sure this rod was designed to match perfectly with the majority of 2500 & 3000 sized Spinning Reels on the market today. 

From soup to nuts, the Slot Machine Custom Rod was designed to exceed an Inshore Anglers expectations.

Note: The initial version of this rod was introduced in early 2023 and it was a huge hit with our members. And this current 2024 version is even better so you'll surely fall in love with this premium rod if you give it a try.

Specs (New Model): 

  • High Modulus Carbon Fiber Construction
  • Length: 7'6" Spinning
  • Weight: 4.4 oz
  • Power: Medium
  • Action: Fast
  • Line Rating: 8-15lb. 
  • Lure Rating: 1/8oz-1/2oz
  • Butt Length: 8.5" from bottom of reel seat to butt cap
  • Fuji Guides - Tangle Free KL-H-Alconite 
  • Fuji TVS Reel Seat w/ Back Stop Locking Nut
  • Premium Hook Keeper (Works Well with Weedless Lures)
  • High Grade Cork Grip

Here are how the specs looked from the initial version.

Specs (Version 1): 

  • Hybrid 51 Million Modulus: 100% Toray Carbon Fiber Construction
  • Length: 7'6" Spinning
  • Weight: 5.2oz
  • Power/Action: Medium/Fast
  • Line Rating: 8-15lb. 
  • Lure Rating: 1/8oz-1/2oz
  • Butt Length: 8.5" from bottom of reel seat to butt cap
  • High Grade Cork Grip
  • Tangle Free CRB LZR Guides w/ 316 Stainless Steel Frames
  • Fuji TVS Reel Seat w/ Back Stop Locking Nut
  • Unique Hook Keeper (Works Well with Weedless Lures)

Recommended Reel Pairings:

This rod was designed for optimal performance while using an 8 lb to 15 lb braid line on 2500 to 3000 reels.

Here are the 3 that we used extensively while testing this rod in order of performance:

  1. BG MQ 2500 ($209)
  2. Fuego 2500 ($109)
  3. Legalis 2500 ($79)


Shipping Details: 

There is a $30 flat rate shipping fee for the Slot Machine Custom Rod (up to 3 Rods can be purchased within the same order). This Rod can be ordered in combination with any other Rod as well (TFO, St. Croix, etc.). If more than 3 rods are ordered, there will be an additional $30 flat rate shipping fee to accommodate the additional shipment.  Please note that we are unable to ship rods to a PO Box and to some areas in Puerto Rico as UPS does not allow. 

Slot Machine Custom Rod Warranty Policy: 

For more information about the Warranty Policy offered for this Custom Rod, please follow the link included here: Salt Strong Slot Machine Warranty (




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