Made In Louisiana: Fishing poles made from scratch
BATON ROUGE - Corey Magill never imagined he'd be dealing with thread, paint and a sewing machine motor. But then again, he never imagined he'd be crafting fishing poles, either.
Magill began crafting fishing poles years ago after a fly fishing trip to Alaska.
"I jumped at the opportunity. I figured it was the next step. Hey, I make flies for fly fishing, so why not make fishing poles?" Magill said to himself. So he enrolled in a fishing pole class and learned the trade.
To make a pole, Magill must hollow out cork handles for the rod, figure out where to properly attach the guides, and then he begins the intricate work of custom designing the rod. That means Magill must spend hours weaving together tiny nylon threads to wrap around the pole.
It takes patience, but the finished product is worth the 20 hours it takes to make a rod, Magill said.
"I think, 'Whoa, do I really wanna let it go?' 'Cause some of 'em come out really nice and you're like, 'I'd like to keep that for myself!'" Magill said with a laugh.
Magill donates quite a few rods to raise money for charities or to outdoor clubs for children.
"If I can touch a couple people, say 'Hey, this is a beautiful fishing pole,' I'm pretty happy with that," Magill said.