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Karl Kaufman's 13' 2pc. - Centerpin / Float Rod Specs
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Rainshadow IST1562F Hook & Hackle $54 (special pricing)
Length - 13'    
Pieces - 2    
Action - Light    
Finish - Semigloss Black    
Modulus - 43 million    
Tip top - Cabela's (Pac Bay) P-LCPOT Titanium Carbide Tip Top - 6mm Cabela's $2.39
Guides - Cabela's (Pacific Bay) Titanium Carbide Single Foot Illusion Ring Spin Guides Cabela's $9.44 (size 6 X 4)
$9.44 (size 7 X 4)
$4.98 (size 10 X 2)
$2.75 (size 12 X 1)
$3.49 (size 16 X 1)
$4.09 (size 20 X 1)
Hookkeeper - NONE    
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 $9.80
(20 @ $0.49)
  Burl Cork (Red) Bingham Enterprises $0.40
(1 @ $0.40)
  Burl Cork (Green) Bingham Enterprises $0.40
(1 @ $0.40)
  Burl Cork (Blue) Bingham Enterprises $1.20
(3 @ $0.40)
  Rubberized Cork Bingham Enterprises $3.57
(7 @ $0.51)
Reel Seat - Pac Bay Black Graphite size #18 TiCH hoods (PBG18CC)
Bingham Enterprises ?? $6.00??
Decal Steelhead Jann's Netcraft $1.79
    Rough Component Cost - $114
Other Details      
Thread -

Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Black (0001) and Charcoal (0441). Also FishKing Metallic, Size A, in Blue Pink.

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    

This was a rod I was originally building to GUIDE with. Karl tried my personal rod out back on 3-15 and shortly thereafter asked me how quickly I could make him one. Right now, most custom rod turnaround time is 4-6 weeks provided components aren't backordered! Karl couldn't wait that long, liked this one, and since our season is winding down for centerpin fishing I parted with it! I'm sure glad Karl is the one who ended up with it. FYI, to build this rod as a custom would've run $380.

Things I learned while building this rod

I'd say the main thing I learned building this rod is that I saw NO difference in using standing frame spinning guides...the rod cast just fine with them. I suspect the recommended use of "M" guides (hi frame guides) is more a weight and style issue...this rod was pretty light in hand with the Okuma centerpin reel...still tip heavy but a lot less than the traditional setup.

13' Rainshadow Float Rod, built for Centerpinning. The Handleset shifts the reel forward of a traditional centerpin rod - it balances much better. The rear grip.
The reel seat. The Fore Grip. The topside is simple, just a steelhead decal.
The bottom inscription - no hook keeper on this rod.

Pac Bay's Illusion Ringed Titanium Guides.

The guide rings really do change colors.
Different guides also have their own unique color.

The tip top.

Karl's first steelhead on his new centerpin, landed 3-29-05!


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