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Josh Lenda's 13' 2pc. - Centerpin / Float Rod Specs
 
Components  
Source
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Rainshadow IST1562F Batson Enterprises $46 (special overstock price, regularly $100+)
Length - 13'    
Pieces - 2    
Action - Light    
Finish - Semigloss Black    
Modulus - 43 million    
 
Tip top - Pac Bay Spinning 4.5 Bingham Enterprises $0.95
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 $3.20 (sale price)
Winding Check - Vinyl Bingham Enterprises $0.50
 
Grips - Custom Turned Grips by MP. 4" Fore Grip and 12" Aft Grip    
Grip Materials - Grade A Natural Cork Bingham Enterprises $12.74
(26 @ $0.49)
  Rubberized Cork Bingham Enterprises $5.10
(10 @ $0.51)
 
Reel Seat - Pac Bay Black Graphite Skeleton size #18
G18SKIC-B
Bingham Enterprises $5.11
Reel Seat Insert - Custom Turned Cork Insert by MP    
Insert Materials - Grade A Natural Cork Bingham Enterprises $3.92
(8 @ $0.49)
 
    Rough Component Cost - $96
 
Other Details      
Thread -

Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Black (0001), Tan (0290), and Classic Twist Orange/Black (0221)

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    
       
Comments      

After building my first centerpin, I made some adjustments to the reel position which improved balance but still do not entirely eliminate the tip-heavy nature of this blank. Being so long, it simply is going to be a tip heavy rod unless I add lead to the butt. Josh really liked the color scheme of #32, so we applied that to this rod with fantastic results.

 
Things I learned while building this rod

You can only do so much to fix the rod's balance by changing where the reel goes! Another good thought which was recommended by Bart was that a wood or cork insert works better on a centerpin due to how you hold the rod. After trying out the cork insert on Josh's new rod, I have to say that this is probably the best way to go!

 
Pictures
An overview the custom grips and reel seat I built for Josh's Centerpin. The rear (aft) grip in detail. The custom turned cork insert and reel seat hardware.
The foregrip on Josh's rod. We went with the flip up hook keeper. Josh's topside inscription.
The inscription on the underside, my maker's mark. This centerpin uses Pac Bay "M" guides - hi frame ultralight spinning guides. Departing from the "M" guide system, I went with the traditional spinning tip top for added durability.
Josh with one of the many steelies he's landed on the centerpin!    

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