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MP's 13' 2pc. - Centerpin / Float Rod Specs
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Rainshadow IST1562F Hook & Hackle $53 (special order sale price, regularly $100+)
Length - 13'    
Pieces - 2    
Action - Light    
Finish - Semigloss Black    
Modulus - 43 million    
Tip top - Fiji BLPT Creekside Outfitters $2
Guides - Pacific Bay M Guides, Black Bingham Enterprises $4.76 (size 6 X 4)
$4.88 (size 7 X 4)
$2.70 (size 10 X 2)
$1.51 (size 12 X 1)
$1.87 (size 16 X 1)
$2.47 (size 20 X 1)
Hookkeeper - Fuji Flip Up, Black, Large Hook & Hackle $4
Winding Check - Vinyl Bingham Enterprises $0.50
Grips - Custom Turned Grips by MP. 7" Fore and Aft Grips    
Grip Materials - Grade A Natural Cork Bingham Enterprises $17.80
(20 @ $0.89)
  Natural (Brown) Burl Cork Bingham Enterprises $3.36
(8 @ $0.42)
  Rubberized Cork Bingham Enterprises $1.68
(3 @ $0.56)
Reel Seat - Forecast A8L2-B/GR Creekside Outfitters $20
    Rough Component Cost - $120
Other Details      
Thread -

Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in a several shades of green

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Gudebrod    

Building and fishing my first centerpin rod was a blast. I was lucky enough to spend some time on the water with Mike Durkalec (of Quest Outdoor's Centerpin 101 Video) on 11-6, and he gave me a few pointers on casting and rigging. Haven't hooked into a fish yet, but I hope to change that this winter in Indiana!

Things I learned while building this rod

OK, don't use the Gudebrod finish for ANYTHING except touchup work on sanded finishes and such. I had to put on THREE coats before anything even started to happen. I also got some unexpected bubbles; later on after talking with Rod Builder James Martin it made sense; the Gudebrod finish sets up via evaporation....if you put on a second coat before the first one is truly dry, you get vapors from the first coat escaping into the 2nd coat. All in all it took 3 coats of the Gudebrod finish just to get a DECENT amount on the guides.

However, ALL of my guides are LOOSER than when I just had the thread and color preserver on them. I'm going to have to rewrap everything and refinish the rod. For now my recommendation is stick with the Flex Coat finish; the Gudebrod 1-part finish just didn't hold up at all.

One other note, you'll notice I did NOT use a "M" style tiptop...Dave @ Creekside suggested that they are far too fragile and a more traditional spinning tip works just as well.

In wrapping this rod, I tried something different. The wraps start at the tip in "Spring Green", gradually working their way down to the Classic Twist "Black and Green". In other words, instead of the wraps being all the same color, the wraps are progressively darker shades of green as you go from the tip to the butt. I wasn't sure how it would look, but after doing it I LIKE IT! When I rewrap and refinish it I *may* add some pictures to give you a better idea of what I did. Then again, I like the spring green on this blank so much that I may simply redo them ALL in spring green!

The aft grip on my centerpin. The foregrip is a mirror image of the aft grip, just trimmed a bit "fatter". The handle assembly including my new (and already treasured) JW Young Purist II centerpin reel, a steal (before I was unemployed) at Creekside Outfitters for only $325!
Just another overview of the handle assembly including the Forecast Fly Reel Seat - a spinning reel seat holds the reel a bit better but this black & green fly seat simply makes the rod! One more time, the whole rod takes a breather while floating the Vermillion River in OH. My first steelhead on the Centerpin (landed 11-28-04)
(Copyright © 2004 Rich Brown)
Came back to this rod in '05 to shot the M Guides. The tip on my centerpin.  

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