It is highly addicting and I now need another one like I need a hole in the head. But.... I still make a couple every year. All my ice rods are also custom. The cost of cork is driving rod prices up. I have resorted back to wood handles and gluing cork rings together.
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954