G. Dabrowski Custom Tackle

d. b. a. Brookside Rod Co.

since 1991

~ maker of fine hand crafted fly reels and components for rod builders ~

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Contact Information:

Gary P. Dabrowski
The Brookside Rod Co.
37 Brook Street
Naugatuck, CT, 06770-3101
(203) 729-1503


Contents copyright 2013.
by G. P. Dabrowski
This page last revised September 2013

To my valued customers:

September 9, 2013.

After a very long absence caused by the recent economic crash and its effects on myself and my family and our lives and a couple life changing events subsequent to this I am cleaning and re-organizing the new shop in order to once again get back to work. Things have stabilized to the extent that I can count on some free time to once again begin manufacturing Rodmakers Findings. Reels manufacture is on the distant horizon and will start again as soon as I am able.

My priority is to first fill those Rodmakers Findings orders still on the books and then to revise this web site to make it a proper portal to rod builders and in the future, reel customers for information and orders. My sincere thanks to those who have stood by me during this difficult time and apologies to those who I could not serve in a timely way.

This tackle business came into being in the spring of 1991 as a result of my combined interest in fly fishing, making bamboo fly rods and my professional life as an engineer and designer in manufacturing organizations. In short, I have been a “maker of things” all my adult life. These circumstances permitted me to pursue making rods and reels to my own design and sense of style and to provide economical, hard to find rod hardware (Rodmakers Findings) to anglers and rod builders. I have always operated the business on a part time basis.

During the past 22 years of pursuing this craft I have made the acquaintance of innumerable fine individuals and customers. I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to know these fine people and to assist them in their enjoyment of their angling and rod building and regret any inconvenience delayed orders have had on their pursuits.

Gary Dabrowski