This rod is a virtual clone of Josh's first centerpin, #43.
Josh landed at least 20-30 fish on the rod. Not sure how it
happened, but the rod ended up breaking around 7" above
the end of the female ferrule on the tip section. I can't
say precisely WHEN the break happened...I think it was around
March of '05 but it could have even been late '04!
Ordinarily you'd be able to get a new matched tip from Batson.
However, we had the unfortunate luck that this particular
blank was being REDESIGNED for manufacture overseas. They
were OUT of 'em...no spares around. I already had blanks ordered,
they were on backorder. Seeing as how the blanks were being
redesigned and the new tips would not fit the old butts, I
would have to rebuild Josh's entire rod from scratch!
Well, the new blanks weren't completed until late Sept. of
'05...I found myself smack dab in the middle of a new job
and the peak fishing season. Other issues came up along the
way once the blank arrived. First the wrong real seat skeletons.
Then it turns out they changed the tip sizes. Oh, and then
as it had been a few months, none of my syringes worked anymore.
Josh was pretty patient when other folks would've been outright
sreacming, and finally, after a long wait, Josh received his
new "clone" on Dec. 17th, 2005.