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Voted one of the 10 best rods by In-Fisherman Magazine
One of the best!
Hot Rods: Next-Gen Catfish Sticks
Right alongside an impressive list of Catfish Rods, The Rod Shop is featured in the In-Fisherman 2016 Catfish Guide. The Jamison Bumpin' Rod and the KC Channel Cat (e-glass) are both featured. This is isn't the first time The Rod Shop has been featured. In 2014, The Driftmaster Series made the Top 10 Catfish Rods, In 2011, the John Jamison Bumpin' Rod was featured in Top Combos, and in
2009, both the Phil King Driftmaster
Series and John Jamison Blue Cat
Signature Series were both listed
in the Cat Rod Roundup. Every
year The Rod Shop competes
with the biggest brands in
rods, and stays at the top.
Articles written by Cory Schmidt,
Contributor to In-Fisherman magazine.
Pro Staff
  Designing rods for people of all skill levels

John Jamison

John Jamison began fishing for Catfish at a very early age. John's mother and father taught John and his siblings how to fish, hunt, and respect the outdoors. John grew an addiction and love for cat fishing that kept growing into adulthood. John fishes for all species of Catfish, but the species he enjoys the most is the Giant Blue Cats. John's largest Blue to date weighed 93 pounds and was caught on the Missouri River.

John feels that since his mother and father took the time to teach him about the outdoors he owes it to today’s youth to pass on his knowledge and understanding of giant cat fish.  John is a sought after seminar speaker which is one avenue that John uses to meet and teach upcoming cat fishermen and women.  John also helps educate many upcoming fishermen through multiple articles that have appeared in magazines such as In-Fishermen and also through the filming of many television shows.

John’s many accomplishments have taken a lifetime to accomplish.  Angler of the Year USCATS 1999, Angler of the Year WWCATS 2000, Angler of the Year Cabela’s King Kat 2007,  grand champion KC Cats 2015, 2nd in the nation with Cabela’s King Kat 2006, 3rd in the nation with Bass Pros Shops  Big Cat Quest in 2007, one of the founding fathers of United States Catfish Anglers Tournament Series in 1998, founding father of World Wide Catfish Anglers Tournament series in 2000, serving on the board of advisors for Cabela’s King Kat,  and served on the board of advisors for the Catfish Symposium held at St. Louis, Missouri in 2010.

John is also very proud of his relationship with well-known fishing companies that stand behind him to promote this great sport.  Some of John’s (and Cat fishing’s) best supporters is The Rod Shop Kansas City,  Rippin Lips, Lund Boat Company, Mercury Marine,  Cabela’s, Driftmaster, Cabela’s King Kat, Minn-Kota, Humminbird, and Sportsman Outfitters.         

Phil King

Phil King has been chasing catfish forty years on the Tennessee River in the Pickwick Dam area located in Hardin County, Tennessee. This section of the Tennessee River has taught this guide and professional catfish angler well, offering a wide variety of catfishing situations he has adapted to various other lakes and rivers to be successful.

Sponsors: Team SeaArk Boats, Cabela’s Pro Staff, Team Daiichi, Driftmaster Rod Holders, Pure Fishing, Barnes Marine and the Rod Shop currently making three driftfishing signature rods for catfishing.

The team won the first Cabela’s King Kat Qualifier in 2003 and finishing that year winning the first ever Cabela’s King Kat Classic. Next King and his teammate added three more Big Cat Quest National Championships in 07, 09, and 2011 on the mighty Mississippi River out of Memphis, TN. In the 2007 Big Cat Quest King landed a 103.10 lb. blue cat which was the first century mark fish recorded in a modern day Catfish tournament. Another highlight of in 2012 was competing for the World Catfishing Championship in Chiprana, Spain for the Wells catfish. The team of King, Tim Haynie and David Shipman finished second in the world competition.

Phil King along with John Jamison were the first Pro's on our Pro Staff. Phil has competed in the World Championship and placed 2nd in 2015. He was named Angler of the Year in Cabela's King Kat Tournaments and won the End of the Year Tournament in 2007 for Bass Pro Shop, breaking a tournament record of 103 pounds.

King said some of the greatest rewards in guiding clients are the information shared, smiles, memories, and friendships made that will never be forgotten. One of King’s favorite quotes: “You can’t catch em’ at the house” how true this is.

King has been featured in In-Fisherman, North American Fisherman, Catfish Guide and TV with Bill Dance Outdoors, Cabela’s, North American Fisherman, In-Fisherman and Mid-South Outdoors. He continues to share information on his web site and articles on the web so others may enjoy the sport. Phil remains one of the top Catfish competitors in the World.

Kyle Alsop

 Kyle was born and raised in Overland Park Kansas. His introduction to tournament bass fishing started amazingly early, fishing his first tournament at the age of 3 years old. With the encouragement and guidance of his dad, Kyle began fishing more tournaments where he quickly found success at the local level. His early beginnings to the sport ignited his passion for finding and catching bass.
Once it was time to move off to college he expanded his fishing horizons to the B.A.S.S., FLW and Boat US college series. In his four years of fishing for the Kansas State Fishing Team he had numerous high finishes and notably maintained his status as one of the top 5 college anglers in the nation. Kyle’s big break came in July of 2016 where he and his partner Taylor emerged victorious in the B.A.S.S. Collegiate Series National Championship after three tough days of fishing on Green River Lake. This victory also solidified his position in the rankings as the #1 collegiate angler in the nation. His early successes at the national level have contributed greatly to his status as an up-and-coming angler in the fishing industry.

Kyle will be graduating from Kansas state university in December of 2016 with his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. After graduating from school he plans to continue to fishing local and regional tournaments looking to qualify for the professional tours.

James Patterson

James Patterson, also known as Big Cat Patterson, has recently joined our Pro Staff. Bringing a lot of Rod design and development with him. His thoughts on how to pick out a rod for yourself has helped many fishermen. One look at his website is a lesson itself. It certainly shows his knowledge on Catfishing equipment.
Rod Line-Up
  • Signature and Custom Rods


  1. John Jamison Bait Walker
    This rod was designed by John Jamison for walking bait. It is one of our most popular rods. It is 7' 10"in length and comes with a split handle for lighter weight, and #8 graphite for a better feel, plus Alps guides for durability and smooth casting. It has zirconium which are only exceeded in hardness by sic, but sic is more brittle. This rod is the ultimate rod for walking bait.
  2. Phil King Driftmaster Series
    Phil King designed three driftmaster rods: a #1, #2 and #3, light, medium and heavy. They are 7' 6" in length and made of #7 graphite. Phil is working on a bait walker much like John Jamison's Bait Walker, but more suited to his style of walking bait. The Driftmaster #2 is a very popular rod and is one of our top sellers.
  3. John Jamison Signature Rods
    Also designed by John Jamison. There are several models: Channel Cat rod, and Blue Cat #1, #2 and #3, a light, medium and heavy made of e-glass. They have a 17 reel seat, Alps guides, premium cork handle and foregrip all designed by John. We are always looking for ways to improve our line of rods.
  4. Custom Rods
    Choose your own rod components including, blank, handle, reel seat, thread colors, eyes and more with guidance from our team. You can even pick your favorite team colors and logo or have us paint a special message on the rod. Rods make great gifts for the fishermen in your life, and even makes great corporate gifts.
Meet The Team
Custom rods made especially for you
  1. Tom Knox
    Tom is a second generation rod builder. Tom is also a fisherman and hunter and enjoys many trips a year . Tom also enjoys time with his grandchildren and great-grandchild.
  2. Houston Knox
    Houston is the next generation to begin making rods for The Rod Shop. Houston is an avid tournament fisherman, as well as a hunter and college student. In addition, Houston works part-time at a outdoor sporting goods store!
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for you!


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send us a message.
The Rod Shop was started by Papa Ray Lowrey, in Topeka, Kansas. Tom Knox, his son and grandchildren have carried on the tradition started by Ray many years ago. Now located in Kansas City, Missouri, The Rod Shop still builds rods with care and integrity like Papa Ray taught us.

Choose your own rod style including, blank, handle, reel seat, thread colors, eyes and more, or choose from a signature rod custom designed by one of the fishermen on our Pro Staff!