I am always a sucker for a custom rod company story, so when I saw this feature flash across the news wire I knew I was hooked. MaryLou VandeRiet of Dallas, Texas is making custom fishing rod with rattlesnake and copperhead skins.
It’s a fascinating story and one that starts with a woman in her 50s who had never even been fishing before. A fortuitous set of events occurred and she entered the rod business about 20 years ago, and has been making high end rods ever since. They are really interesting, as is she!
Snakeskin rods from Texas seem so fitting it’s natural, but I’ve never seen one before this. Fortunately, the amount of snake skins needed wouldn’t put a dent in the snake population (which, I might remind you, is in crisis right now).
So keep on keeping’ on, snake rod lady. I may just have to get one of these myself!
— Dr. Todd