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Josh Lenda's 13' 2pc. - Centerpin / Float Rod Specs
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Rainshadow IST1562F Hook & Hackle $75 or so
Length - 13'    
Pieces - 2    
Action - Light    
Finish - Semigloss Black    
Modulus - 43 million    
Tip top - Pac Bay Spinning 5.5, ring 8 Hook & Hackle $1.25
Guides - Pacific Bay M Guides, Black N/A reused from #43
Hookkeeper - Fuji Flip Up, Black, Large N/A reused from #43
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
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 Rebuild Cost - $104
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    

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 ' 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.

Things I learned while building this rod

No matter how hard you try, no two custom rods are ever going to be the same. The only real change was that a guide position changed (the first butt had 3 guides, this butt now had 4). Also, the rubberized cork I've been receiving lately from Bingham is a "finer" composite, so it looks a little different and cuts a bit thicker than the "coarse" stuff. All in all though, unless you're really looking, I was able to recreate #43 pretty exactly!

An first look at the #43 clone... The Custom Rear Grip.

The custom cork insert reel seat.

The custom foregrip. The hookkeeper The upper inscription.
The lower inscription.

The "M" guides, salvaged from #43.

The tip top - went with a larger loop as it was all I could get on short notice. It *may* take longer to clog with ice, a nice side benefit of being forced to go larger.


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