OK, the big new thing on this rod was the REFINISHING of
the blank. After doing some online forum postings, it became
apparent that an epoxy-based paint was necessary to repaint
I originally wanted to do the rods in FLAME ORANGE - nothing
would show up better in pictures and video. However, Flame
Orange was a pretty big outlaw of cash and required the appropriate
sprayer. Instead, I was lead to a white epoxy spraypaint,
typically used in the automotive field. After locating the
paint the next step was to sand down the blanks and repaint
It took a few coats..the first was rather thin and let much
of the blue blank show through. When it was all said and done
though, I had 2 WHITE blanks to work with. The male ferrule
took a bit of sanding to fit comfortably into the tip section.
The finish scratches a bit easier than a factory finish, but
overall the experiment was a success.
The only other things done differently on these rods are
very minor details. First, I omitted hookkeepers - it didn't
seem necessary on a rod that would only be casting yarn! Turns
out Rich liked the rods so much that students were fishing
them on the rivers...should've put on that hookkeeper!
The other small change was the pen used to inscribe the finished
rods. Ron Caimi had the answer there - it's a black artists
pen, 0.05 in size.