Another alternative to acquiring a new fishing rod is to make them yourself. The companies that sell fishing rod building kits and fishing rod building supplies will tell you it's a breeze to build your own. Though there are those that could build a rod with ease that's a pretty broad statement. Don't know about you, but even though I make some of my own lures, making a rod seems a bit more technically challenging.
I point these things out not to discourage those of you who are drawn to fishing rod building. There is a tremendous amount of satisfaction derived from producing something with your own hands. It nurtures the soul, clears the mind and builds confidence. But, realize that if your goal is to save money by building your own rod you will likely be disappointed. Blanks and components are expensive if you're not positioned to purchase them wholesale you can't expect to save any money.
A rod acquired from a custom rod shop is one made to "fit" the angler. It takes into consideration the specifics of the individual and is fishing rod building at its best. Of course a custom rod is not going to be cheap. But just as in building your own rod there is much satisfaction to be gained from having that one-of-a-kind rod made just for you.
What brings an angler to try his hand at custom fishing rod building? For me, catching fish on a rod I built myself is akin to the satisfaction I’ve found from catching fish on a lure I built myself. Some anglers learn the rod-building basics so they can take old, forgotten rods, and give them new life. Other anglers get into it to create rods customized to their fishing styles and tastes. No matter the draw, rod building can grow into a very satisfying hobby.