Kissel Krafts - Custom Built Fishing Rods

For more than five decades the Kissel family has built fishing rods. Today, we are continuing the dream of the legend, our founder, John Kissel by using the latest components that modern technology can provide.

Kissel Krafts rods are great looking, built to perfection, and perfectly balanced, offering unparalleled performance.Monty McGuffin
Kissel Krafts custom fishing rods are the highest quality and most sensitive fishing rods I have ever used. John and his master rod builders made my first crank bait fishing rod specially for me at a price that was very fair, if not a steal! This rod fit my hand and had the perfect parabolic bend that I was looking for.Eric Aldrich

Meet the Kissel Krafts Professional Anglers

Meet the Kissel Krafts
Professional Anglers

Meet the Kissel Krafts Professional Anglers

Shawn Hendrix

Shawn is the winner of the 2013 Central Georgia Bass Trail Championship held at Lake Oconee and has been a member of the Peachtree City Bass Anglers Club since January 2008. He is also a participant in the Bassmaster Weekend Series and the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open tournaments.

Matt Arey

Matt is an experienced guide in hunting and fishing activities throughout North and South Carolina. He enjoys sharing his experience and knowledge of the outdoors with his clients and guests.

Martha Goodfellow

Martha is the Director for the American Bass Anglers South Carolina Couples Division and a participant in the Lady Bass Anglers Association, the FLW, B.A.S.S., and American Bass Anglers tournaments.

Tim Maxfield

Tim has caught 11 largemouth over 10 pounds and 9 smallmouth over 7 pounds! He is the 1981 South Carolina Poor Boy Federation champion and the Tennessee state sales rep for 11 fishing related companies.

Eric Aldrich

Eric is an outdoor writer and marketing specialist and has won 1st place at the Walmart BFL on West Point Lake. He has also won first place in the 2004 HD Marine on Lake Lanier and has had several other local wins and top 20 finishes in the Walmart BFL.

Aaron Batson

Aaron has won countless tournaments and has been featured in several Georgia Outdoor News issues. He is a participant in the BASS Southern Open Division, BASS Weekend Series, and American Bass Anglers tournaments.

Monty McGuffin

Marty is the producer and host of The Carolina Outdoorsman Show and is a well known angler with many accomplishments in bass fishing. His highly popular show got its start in 1992 and has received numerous awards over the years.

Paul Palmer

Paul grew up in Lorain Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie. At the age of 26, he moved to east Tennessee and instantly became hooked on bass fishing. Since then he has had the desire & determination to compete at the highest level of bass fishing tournament competition.

Mike Faulkner

Bio and photo coming soon.

Nelson Poore

Nelson is currently 15 yrs old and hosts a local cable show in Alabama called Reel It In. He fishes B.A.S.S. High School events and ASABFA, and his favorite lake to fish is Lake Wheeler where the fishing is prime with Spots, Largemouth, and Smallies. He is honored to be on board with Kissel Krafts and hopes to grow with us as a representative.

Rodney Ryan

Rodney has been fishing organized Bass Fishing Tournaments for 20 years beginning with the Military Bass Anglers Association (MBAA) Western District tournament trail. His numerous successes include finishing third in the 1994 Oklahoma State MBAA Western District Championship and qualifying for the MBAA National Championship every year from 1994 through 2000. Ryan serves as an assistant coach for the West Point Bass Club fishing the FLW Collegiate Tour and will be joining us in 2015.

Upcoming Events

GON Blast at the Gwinnett Center


Gwinnett Convention Center
Duluth, GA
Convention Center Link

Show Times & Dates:

July 29 from 1pm to 8pm

July 30 from 9am to 7pm

July 31 from 10am to 5pm

Please stop by and say hello at booth #409.


Check out the video below to watch an interview with John Kissel on Reel It In with Nelson Poore.

In the video, John talks about the history of Kissel Krafts and gives a brief look into the Kissel Krafts rod building process. He also talks about custom rod options and sizes as well as the ordering process.

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