Joe & Charlene Douglas
Joe & Charlene Douglas

Owners Joe and Charlene Douglas established a company to design and build custom fishing rods in 1999.  Initially named Black Dog Tackle, the company offered separate products lines; rod building components; building custom fishing rods and offered classes for new custom rod builders.

We began as a part time activity in the basement of our home in 1997 and started selling rods commercially in 1999.  Following retirement in 2004, we opened a store and began operating nationally with some international clientele acquired along the way.  The recession beginning in 2008 caused the majority of component providers (us included) to drop that portion of the business.  The company name changed to Black Dog Custom Rods and the classes became part of the Rod Builders Institute with both operations sharing physical location but separate advertising.

We relocated the business a couple of times and concentrated on product quality and strong client relationships thereby building a base of referrals from satisfied customers.  In 2016, we closed our commercial outlet and relocated to the Artisans at the Dahmen Barn.  We continue to provide the same services and high degree of direct interaction with our clients at our new studio at the "Barn". We accomplish greater outreach through expanded participation in art festivals across the country.  Our business is a very personal one and each client is special to us.  Your satisfaction is guaranteed as a consumer of our custom rods.

We encourage you to come by and visit us...please ask any questions you may have and take time to look at the rods we have on display.  We appreciate you taking the time to learn more about us.

Our services include:

Through Black Dog Custom Rods
  • Custom fishing rod design and build
  • Broken or damaged rod repairs
  • Vintage/Antique rod restoration
  • Rebuild of older rods - recycling quality

Through Rod Builders Institute

  • Beginning rod building classes
  • Advanced rod building classes
  • Specific technique classes

Black Dog Custom Rods designs custom fishing rods of all types (spey, spinning, casting, steelhead, salmon, sturgeon, fly, saltwater, and mooching).  Materials used for blanks include graphite, bamboo, wood, steel and fiberglass.  Materials used for handle and reel seats include woven graphite, cork, wood, antler, Bakelite and foam.  Techniques used include painting, weaves, custom wraps, feathering, inlays, marbling and specially designed labels.  

We display our work as vendors at the following juried art shows and we are adding more all the time:
  • Art Under the Elms, Lewiston, ID - April
  • Jackson Hole Art Festival, Jackson Hole, WY - July and August
  • Taste of Coeur d'Alene, Coeur d'Alene, ID - August
  • Art in the Pearl, Portland, OR - September
  • West Columbia Gorge Fall Festival of the Arts, Troutdale, OR - October

In 2017, we hope to attend juried art shows in Tuscon, Bend, Corvallis, Lewiston, Jackson Hole, Portland and Troutdale.

Gizmo - "Black Dog" in Training  

Trey - THE "Black Dog"









BARN & SHOP HOURS:  WINTER HOURS Thursday through Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.
CLOSED: New Year's Day, Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.