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  1. cmepen

    76 Centaur for Bui

    Beautiful work Jake!!!
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    GP80 Monster for Elbie

    Beautiful! Love that blue too!
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    Reaper Guide Spacing?

    Start anywhere, with reel to be used and the static test (and guide movement and replacement) will lead you to the correct guide placement. Good luck and tight lines!
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    UC blank selection help

    They are awesome also! a bit “stiffer” but awesome for a variety of applications.
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    UC blank selection help

    I have a US76 MH I use for 25# and a US79 XF I fish 20# live bait. I set my drags on the rod at 30% of line class and pull hard. Everyone is different on how they fish their drags and how hard they pull. Robert gave you the best advice, “Go pull on some blanks”. The US blanks are generally more...
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    GP80 Mega for Elbie

    Beautiful work on multiple techniques cleanly Mastered!
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    Blue C Del Mar United Composites

    Very nicely done! Killer cross wraps! Nice color Combo too!
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    What size thread

    What Bill said X2. A looks like paint, C,D, you can see the texture of the thread more easily. Black thread I don’t think you can tell the difference in the way it looks A to D. If you use, C or D, NCP thread it flattens out pretty well after being burnished eliminating the textured look.
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    4 For Ted

    Beautiful work Jake! That G4 stuff is legit for sure!
  10. cmepen

    United Composites USA GP900REAPERS

    Beautiful work: cord work, thread work and clean finish work!
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    Effect of cutting 4" - 6" off the butt end?

    You should look at a US 76 Predator for that line class instead of cutting A tilefish.
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    Hey electronic nerds... foot pedal question

    I love you Don!!! You are the best!!! I was about to shout out to Len to give you a shot, as I knew you would know how to remedy the issue!!! Mentors are the best, Don you qualify as the best of the best in this reguard!!! Thank you for all you do and add to the rod building comunity!!!
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    For Sale Calcutta Bamboo Gaffs, turkshead Knotts, Mustad gaff hooks, Tarred Sein Twine Handles, Be Ready!

    I PM’d you both Marcel and fishingrriend! Thank you both for the interest!
  14. cmepen

    Dine slinger

    Looking ready for action! Nicely done!
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    Nicely done Robert, That is one good looking fish killing machine!! Love the fade!
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    Grip for custom rod

    X3 on what Mike and Robert said. It is heat shrink over: Cork tape solid with spiraled cork tape over with heat shrink on top EVA with spiraled cork tape over with heat shrink on top These two would be firm feeling and the more likely. (Not squishy) Might also be EPDM/Hypalon with spiraled cork...
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    Rainshadow Composite Blanks

    Best way to “Help” ID a blank is by the method Robert posted above. Length, butt OD and ID, tip size, action, composition, color.... Remember the unidentifiable blank may have been cut from the butt or tip or both making the ID process that much more difficult. One of the reasons a custom rod is...
  18. cmepen

    Three Lamiglas Bass Rods

    Beautiful set! Nice, fish slaying, work!
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    Rainshadow Composite Blanks

    They do not all look like that. every blank is “a little” different. Every line of blanks are different. RCJB, RCLB, What blank is that? If I have one I will take a comparason pic for you Mike. All I know is that they are good blanks with very good QC standards. Bill stands by his products like...
  20. cmepen

    First build ever....Rainshadow Revelation Swimbait 710MH

  21. cmepen

    GP85 Phantom for Fran

    On fire! Beautiful thread work as usual!
  22. cmepen

    Enter the Dragon Reaper

    Great looking build. Sinister Dragon!
  23. cmepen

    Seeker CEX Ulua 100H rewrap & FIRST BIG FISH

    Sweet!! Nice work on the fish and the rod!!
  24. cmepen

    Back to my neon roots. Phenix Ultra MBX

    Very nice fade work there with awesome color combo! Sweet build!
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    REEL SEATS: ALPS Vs AFTCO, best aluminum reel seats

    60#, Rainshadow RCJB 84XXH Custom build. Bad Ass 60-80# stick!!!
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    REEL SEATS: ALPS Vs AFTCO, best aluminum reel seats

    Aftco stopped making reel seats. Alps makes what is arguably the ”best” aluminum reel seat on the market today. I like the fact that the Alps is channeled so the hoods are always aligned, they preform well as far as staying locked down. They are also low profile in comparison. There is a reason...
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    Help with Hypalon Measurements

    I did (3/4 For the rear grip not 3/8) I appreciate that Don!
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    Help with Hypalon Measurements

    That will go. I might use a 3/8” I’d for the rear and 1/2” for the fore. Lots of rubber cement If it’s a hot day and I use paste epoxy on fore and rear to boot.
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    Refinished Sabre

    Nice clean work on a classic.
  30. cmepen

    Roddy Powermaster 8' Hosel Long Shot

    Good luck Mike. Miss seeing your at rod class brother!!!
  31. cmepen

    Latest build 30-80lb 8’3” nice color blank

    Nice clean work! Love that fade! Nice thread work all around!
  32. cmepen

    Bobbin Mod

    WOW look at all that gold GUDIBROD thread!!! LOVE YOU LEN!!!
  33. cmepen

    "Creature from the Black Lagoon" Tilefish Jr.

    Throw back!! Awesome build!!! Love the fade, OB and CTHD(S) work! Definitly outstanding!
  34. cmepen

    Custom roddy

    Clean looking build!
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    Reel seat slightly too small for blank... go one size up?

    Yes, like Len said go 22! You also want to insure that there is enough glue between the blank and the seat to make it truly stick.
  36. cmepen

    CE700M "Rainbow Dash"

    Home run!
  37. cmepen

    Marbling Question

    That will definitely get the job done in style!
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    Putting New Finish on Old Rods

    You could also use a scotch bright pad to scuff up the old finish. Be sure to clean the area with alcohol or isopropyl alcohol prior to applying the new finish. I agree with Hector they don’t look that bad to me either.
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    Marbled Calstar

    Another beautiful rod! Clean looking build Eddie!
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    Rainshadow SW1087 w/ marbling and split grip

    This one is my favorite out of the three! Just gorgeous! That Libelmarbling is off the hook killer looking. Great color combo. Awesome build Eddie!
  41. cmepen

    Rainshadow RCJB96H w/abalone

    You were up early! Beautiful work! Nice thread, cord and cork work! I miss seeing you brosef!
  42. cmepen

    Joker Reaper

    Awesome, just awesome!
  43. cmepen

    Reaper Reaper

    Bad to the bone build! Love the theme, color combo, components, blank and that you wrapped it!!! It’s a fish killing keeper Reaper for sure!!!
  44. cmepen

    Seeker CJBF85

    Sweet build Eddie!! Love that fade work!!
  45. cmepen

    Thread Tag End Management for Fade Wraps

    BTW I love the fishing Bobbins!!!!
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    Thread Tag End Management for Fade Wraps

    You are very OCD and one of the BEST builders I have had the pleasure of learning from!!! Your work is always top notch!! Bobbins are definitely the way to go! Miss seeing you brother, hugs to the fam!!!
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    Beginning rod wrapping machine recommendation?

    X5 on the Alps upgraded chuck model wrapper. If it turns Wrapping is not for you, you can sell it easily. You might not recover all your money but you will get a good part of it back. Look for a used one too. However, they are hard to find. This is one of the best forums as far as rod building...
  48. cmepen

    Phenix HAX720XH "Astros''

    Grand slam!! The fade is off the hook!! Beautiful work as usual!!!
  49. cmepen

    UC CX70 Viper Rail Rod- Killer Bee

    Looks Great! Ready to slay some BFT!
  50. cmepen

    noob q - white decorative thread

    That will get the job done in style!
  51. cmepen

    F.R.O.G rod

    Worth every bite! Nice work!
  52. cmepen

    Rainshadow RSU60XH troller

    Very nice build! Those AB1 guides are awesome and look awesome on that rod!
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    Bump for a fantastic deal on a great build!
  54. cmepen


    Gorgeous Build Jake! Awesome blank and components!!! GLWS
  55. cmepen

    SOLD Rainshadow MB844 Patriotic colors

    Awesome rod for a steal of a price!! GLWS!!
  56. cmepen

    SOLD Rainshadow RCJB106H another shade of rasta

    No Doubt! Killer Rod for a Killer Deal! GLWS!
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    How to keep a straighter line.

    What Hector said works well, also you con tape a thread to the blank above and below the area where you want the fade and make sure your ins and outs Happen along that line.
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    Beautiful work Jake!!! GLWS!!!
  59. cmepen

    Back on the wrapper after 9 years - Seeker Classic 6455XXH

    Classically beautiful build, with a modern twist!
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    Beautiful work Jake! NICE CTHD!
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    the importance of static load testing..

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    How much for a custom wrap?

    Nothing wrong with that Len!!!
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    Marbling Question

    Generally I coat the whole under wrap area With epoxy and then add the color tinted epoxy. Less is more. I would also recommend no more than five colors, you can use more of course however managing more than five when you are learning how the colored epoxy spreads out can become frustrating...
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    Gotta love GetBit

    Me Too! I heart Don! I miss our Classes! Stay safe me friends!! Hopefully we will be breaking bread soon and we will ALL be there!
  65. cmepen

    Cal Star GG question

    Yes and also, GUSA/United Composites!
  66. cmepen

    Cal Star GG question

    I do not believe Calstar has ever released a 100% graphite rod.
  67. cmepen

    Cal Star GG question

    They look like glass rods. The graphite is on the inside of the blank.
  68. cmepen

    WTB Calcutta Bamboo poles

    Have you been able to locate the Calcutta?
  69. cmepen

    For Sale Calcutta Bamboo Gaffs, turkshead Knotts, Mustad gaff hooks, Tarred Sein Twine Handles, Be Ready!

    I PM’d you Keolani and texted you some pics. I am looking forward to meeting you tomorrow.
  70. cmepen

    Built the rod, caught the fish (pig yt). Seeker Pinhead D8

    Very, very awesome story. Fantastic result! Congrats!
  71. cmepen

    It was a rod

    That will help guide him down the straight and narrow! BEAUTIFUL WORK!
  72. cmepen

    Finally finished - wrapping bench & quad rod dryer

    Bad to the bone!!! Now time to get to work!!!
  73. cmepen

    Bent Butt and Kite Rod Combo

    Nice clean work!
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    Any tips for applying decals?

    You the man Len. Also, you may consider applying a coat of Finnish to the blank (and letting it dry) prior to sticker placement. Some use scotch tape to help with sticker placement, I use vinyl transfer tape. Good luck and tight lines.
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    For Sale Calcutta Bamboo Gaffs, turkshead Knotts, Mustad gaff hooks, Tarred Sein Twine Handles, Be Ready!

    Thank you Chris enjoy the Gaff and send some Pics of that gaff sticking some of that Tuna!!!
  76. cmepen

    Calstar blank series question

    BT is all glass. BTG is a composite blank with the graphite warped in glass therefore you will not see the transition.
  77. cmepen

    WTF 2 guides stuck/lodged together

    hope for more??/?
  78. cmepen

    Varmac E-lite

    Clean looking build. Great looking color combo!
  79. cmepen

    North Fork Composite Salmon Rod

    Nice and clean, great looking color combo!
  80. cmepen

    Betty Boop weave

    Awesome work!
  81. cmepen

    its Mario time !! aka quarantine day 79

    Very cool build. I love that its acid wrapped to boot adds to the cool factor!
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    Power wrapper belt

    Until you are able to get one try to superglue or epoxy your old one together. They will last a while glued together. Maybe that will hold you over until you are able to get a new one. You could order one from Utmost or getBit. Good luck and tight lines.
  83. cmepen

    Seeker Unicorn blue Ulua

    Very clean! Cool fade! Colored blanks are not easy to wrap tastefully. This one surly is very tasteful! Nice work.
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    For Sale Calcutta Bamboo Gaffs, turkshead Knotts, Mustad gaff hooks, Tarred Sein Twine Handles, Be Ready!

    Nice to meet you Michael! Enjoy those bad boys and be sure to send some pics of the fish you stick with them! Tight Lines!!! Einar
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    GP900 Reaper for Peter

    Gorgeous work as usual!
  86. cmepen

    Seeker CJBF80H for Brian

    Beautiful, just simply beautiful! Fantastic color combo (Best in world)! Built by a thread spinning master!
  87. cmepen

    Another Pacbay 30#

    Nice movement on the tiger, sweet little fade too! Clean thread work! Nicely done!
  88. cmepen

    SOLD Custom Rainshadow RCJB 84h..more pics..Pending again....

    No way its a $400 stick minimum used! Len is a master builder. That rod is correct and is a fish killer for sure!
  89. cmepen

    800M for Brian

    Beautiful work as always! Gorgeous thread work!!!
  90. cmepen

    SOLD Custom Rainshadow RCJB 84h..more pics..Pending again....

    I can not believe this has not sold yet! Killer craftsmanship on a fish killing blank! Should be gone by now! GLWS!
  91. cmepen

    Custom EVA grips - blue abstracts

    Vary tasteful and fun looking handle work! Please keep sharing your work!
  92. cmepen

    My quad Rod dryer

    No doubt! That is Awesome!
  93. cmepen

    First Rod that I built

    Clean and classy! We are fortunate, so many really good people in this industry!
  94. cmepen

    Not a rod but.....

    That will definitely get the job done and look good doing it! Nicely done!
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    Beautiful work Jake! Love that color pallet too!
  96. cmepen

    SOLD Blue Marble United Composites CE1000's

    Beautiful work Len! The Del Mar is a bad ass stick you won’t have that for sale much longer! GLWS!
  97. cmepen


    I cant believe this beauty is still available!
  98. cmepen

    Pacbay 30# blank

    Looks ready to kill some fish, love the color Palet it really pops.
  99. cmepen

    UC900 Reaper Sarape(Mexican blanket)

    You nailed it! I can smell the formaldehyde and hear the mariachi band from here! Beautiful work!
  100. cmepen

    VC-2-7’6” 20-40.

    Good looking wraps and color Palet! Nicely done Todd!
  101. cmepen

    Padres Throwback colors

    Good looking build!
  102. cmepen

    GP80 Monster for Peter

    Amazing components coupled with spectacular artistry and you get an incredible functional piece of art! Nicely done!
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    Beautiful work Jake! Clean with killer color scheme!
  104. cmepen

    Blue CJBF80 & 80H

    Nice and clean with awesome color combo! Beautiful work!
  105. cmepen

    Seeker Pinhead 8' PH-36

    Nice work! Welcome to the addiction.
  106. cmepen

    Rainshadow RCLB 70ML

    Bad ass!! Great color scheme laid down by a master!
  107. cmepen

    UC 700H

    Accurate Dauntless 500 with 65# spectra. Or an Avet (they have colors your wife might like) JX or LX (if you want more spectra) Raptor 65# spectra. That’s what would get my wife for that rod, if she fished.
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    UC 700H

    Not the one in red however the CE 700H is listed below as a 30-50 (it’s sweet spot is 12-13# of drag But can handle more for sure) mod-fast blank. This is more than likely what you are having wrapped. It’s a composite blank and will have no problem handling what you are going to ask of it. I...
  109. cmepen


    Nice build! Great colors with that blank! I could not see it in the first pic until I blew the pic up, desert camo!
  110. cmepen

    Phenix XXH swimbait setup.

    Nice fade/thread work to be sure! It pops pretty nicely too! Nice work!
  111. cmepen

    What makes a more durable/stronger/longer lasting turks head, paracord or tuna cord?

    Go to they have it there. Most use 1/16”. I use water based crystal clear spar urethane UV protection to coat the cord.
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    8 Week Wonder Still Around?

    Steve is an Iconic rod builder!!!! Of that there is no doubt!!!! He is also a mentor to several, if not all, ROD BUILDERS. I recently heard he is doing well laying low during the pandemic.
  113. cmepen


    Beautiful work Jake! Love the cross wraps And color combo!
  114. cmepen

    US80 Terminator for Brian N.

    Beautiful. I Love the Blue!
  115. cmepen

    Renzetti lathe parts, rod support o rings

    That is so true, however with all the money you are saving on the o-rings you will probably break even.
  116. cmepen

    New color scheme

    Old Guys Rule! As Ken would say “Looks good from my house!” Classic color schemes are cool!
  117. cmepen

    CE900 Wahoo for Big Tuna Brown

    Beautiful work! He is going to love that stick its a killer!
  118. cmepen

    3 FOR MIKE

    I love the thin blue line decal and the thread work is killer. Beautiful work!
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    Same one, better pic

    Nice, a little candy coloring there! Tight clean wraps!
  120. cmepen

    2 more quarantine builds.

    Love the thread work on both rods. Killer cross wraps and fade!
  121. cmepen

    Power rod wrapper reccomendations wanted

    IMHO you cant go wrong either way (Island Tackle or GetBit). They both could use the business and both are A+ businesses in my experience. If you do go the shipping route I would recommend thinking about getting an extension and an extra rod support now so you don’t have to pay for added...
  122. cmepen

    Phenix Black Diamond 700m Dorado fade

    That fade is off the hook! Nice work!
  123. cmepen

    Seeker 7X White Tiger for David

    Beautiful thread work! Killer color combo. Awesome technique put together by a master. Thank you for sharing!
  124. cmepen

    UC GP900 Reaper Moon wrapped

    As well you should be! Beautiful and clean thread work on a killer blank!
  125. cmepen

    CX76 Centaur for Brian

    Absolutely Beautiful and clean!
  126. cmepen


    Beautiful work! Those colors look awesome, just jump out at you! Nicely done Jake!
  127. cmepen

    Seeker CTSF63XXXH

    Nice and clean! Tasteful color combo!
  128. cmepen

    GP900 Reaper

    Beautiful, clean and tight! Love the fade!
  129. cmepen


    Matches very well! Beautiful work!!!
  130. cmepen

    United Composites Reaper

    Looks Good! Colors on the cord work match up nicely with the thread work!
  131. cmepen

    UC GP80 Mega

    Another beauty! Tammy I’m sure will love it! Killer job Jake!
  132. cmepen

    Bent butt newb

    One thing to check into when choosing between long or short butt options is, that if it going to be uses solely as an in the rod holder rod, will the short butt option provide enough clearance between the gunnel and the reels handle While fighting the fish.
  133. cmepen

    SOLD New Custom Varmac 7' 40-80

    Steve is one of the best Builders to have ever blessed the West coast with his talented skills!
  134. cmepen

    For Sale Calcutta Bamboo Gaffs, turkshead Knotts, Mustad gaff hooks, Tarred Sein Twine Handles, Be Ready!

    Yes, Thy went out this morning. Enjoy the gaffs! Please send pics. Of the fish you stick with them!
  135. cmepen

    Help with foot pedal on Pac Bay wrapper

    That’s funny Len. I replaced my cord with an outdoor extension cord So its actually longer than it was.
  136. cmepen

    Last one for a while. Seeker CJBF80XH

    Thank you for what you do!! Be safe!!! Nice work, clean looking build!
  137. cmepen

    IT'S HERE!

    What you have there Looks good to me!
  138. cmepen

    Safety vest

    I think it flows very nicely! Great color cmbos!
  139. cmepen

    2 more from Master Skrilla...

    Super clean! Len is the man!
  140. cmepen

    US80 Terminator for Brian

    Nice and clean. Love the color combo! Beautiful work as always.
  141. cmepen

    Alps tensioner question

    Buy some thread bobbins. Much easier to use.
  142. cmepen

    UC US80 mega and monster.

    Beautiful thread work as usual!!! Gorgeous work!
  143. cmepen

    Some new Quarantine builds

    The cross wrap is killer looking. Nice and clean work!
  144. cmepen

    Blackout 100j

    Looks like a Jig slinging KILLER! Clean work!
  145. cmepen

    WTS SS C ULUA - Glow in the Dark

    Looks good. For the translucency you might do some experimenting with a metallic under wrap like, red, gold or silver. You might get an effect you like better.
  146. cmepen

    Seeker CJBF80 for Jean

    Super clean! Beautiful color scheme!
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    I can’t express in words how valuable the information that Don, Steve, Ken, Len, Eddie, Tony, Charles, Jesus, Justin, Mike and so many others bring to class is. These gentlemen are in the best way some of the best friends a person could hope for and Thespians all! I can’t wait until we can all...
  148. cmepen

    Online ordering

    And a hand written thank you note! CLASS ACT BUSINESS FOR SURE!
  149. cmepen

    Rainshadow SP844

    Nice work! Your friend will love it I am sure!
  150. cmepen

    Seeker Ulua for David

    Beautiful, clean and bright! Love the split grip!
  151. cmepen

    Online ordering

    Check utmost industries, getbitoutdoors or Voodoo rods.
  152. cmepen

    Rainshadow "Cat"fish Rods

    Looking pretty slick to me!
  153. cmepen

    Rod _Wrapper

    If you are going to buy new I would recommend the Alps wrapper with the upgraded chuck. It is far and away the best bang for the buck. The plastic chuck and PacBay upgraded chuck are difficult to deal with. Check out getbit outdoors, utmost enterprises and I also believe Island Tackle has them...
  154. cmepen

    Clint Eastwood weave

    That is classic! Beautiful craftsmanship!
  155. cmepen

    For Sale Calcutta Bamboo Gaffs, turkshead Knotts, Mustad gaff hooks, Tarred Sein Twine Handles, Be Ready!

    I PM’d you my information and some pictures of the gaffs I have available.
  156. cmepen

    Rule for eyelet quatity

    Rod length plus one is a good starting point. However as Hector recommended static test. The static test will help you determine how many guides what size guides and where they should go. Good luck and tight lines!
  157. cmepen

    Sword Fish Deep Drop

    Looking ready to kill! Nice and clean builds as usual!
  158. cmepen

    RODDY rebuild

    Nicely done! Very clean looking build!
  159. cmepen

    “Girls fish too”

    Bad to the bone! Love the color and cork work!
  160. cmepen

    Calstar 90j build for some dude I met

    Looks good from my house!
  161. cmepen

    Nancy's Jigger

    Difficult to believe it could look better. It looks beautiful Bill!!!
  162. cmepen

    Poison Apple

    Bad to the bone!
  163. cmepen

    RodGeeks SGTR90MM2

    Clean and Cassic! Beautiful work!
  164. cmepen


    Love those colors!
  165. cmepen

    GP90 Mega and GP85 Phantom for Lance

    Nice and clean!
  166. cmepen

    Finish on guide

    A blow dryer or heat gun to softer it. Use the heat sparingly, little by little! Use something plastic to pry the finish off. The sooner the better, Don’t let it set up too long. Good luck!
  167. cmepen

    Twisted Sisters

    The killer combo! Beautiful work!
  168. cmepen

    Should I double or triple wrap

    IMHO You do not have to use epoxy between wrap layers. However, depending on the type/size of thread it may be advisable. Also, I feel my finish quality is better when I epoxy between wrap layers. If you are using nylon thread and are putting color preserver on the nylon you can wrap thread over...
  169. cmepen


    Gorgeous work Jake!
  170. cmepen

    Rasta US80 Terminator

  171. cmepen

    Seeker CJB80H and ESM7660

    Beautifully crafted clean looking fish killing machines!
  172. cmepen

    2nd RCJB90XH for FHS Batson Raffle

    Bad to the Bone!
  173. cmepen

    Long Beach FHS Raffle Rod for Batson

    One Killer Build! Beautiful!!!
  174. cmepen

    United Composites CE800XF for Josh

    Beautiful! Love the blue! Clean looking build!
  175. cmepen

    Fred Hall Raffle Rod RCJB96XH

    Nicely done Todd!
  176. cmepen

    Varmac 9’ 25-50# - 2 piece

    Very colorful, bright and clean looking build.
  177. cmepen

    United Composites GP90 Mag.....Blue Deadpool

    Bad to the bone! Love that fade and the color scheme!
  178. cmepen

    United Composites 40XO

    Its a beautiful beast!
  179. cmepen

    United Composites GP76 Predator

    Clean and bright looking build!
  180. cmepen

    Cal Star 700L Spinner Set-up.

    Very nice looking build. Teal and black classic look with a tiger twist!
  181. cmepen

    Glass 670 9'

    Super clean!
  182. cmepen

    Seeker SJ90F Build

    Clean build!
  183. cmepen

    Number of guides on the UC CX 70 rail rods?

    Everyones needs are different, thus the need for custom built rods. Some fisherman fish on boats with wide planked rails requiring 16”-18” fore grip. Some fisherman are 7’+ tall and 13” rear grips on a rail rod are insufficient. That’s the beauty, you get to build it your way! BTW check out the...
  184. cmepen

    Number of guides on the UC CX 70 rail rods?

    Question, why 12” rear grip and why a gimbal if it’s meant to be a rail rod? Generally, a rail rod will have a longer rear grip than a stand up rod. The longer rear grip allows room to reel while the rod is tucked under your arm and fighting the fish with the rod is Laying on the rail. The...
  185. cmepen

    Batson Cold Shrink

    Use cork tape under the Coldshrink.
  186. cmepen

    Replacement guide ?

    Alps Guides are also a good option,HXN 60#+, XN 30#~60#, MXN Anything under 30# (Salt water).
  187. cmepen

    CUI F100 teal deckhand build

    Sweet jig slinger!
  188. cmepen

    Super Seeker Mardi Gras Jester build

    You nailed it!
  189. cmepen

    urushi G urushi

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Killer color combo! Clean looking build!
  190. cmepen

    Classic Seeker 196-6

    Killer build! Awesome Albi stick, beautifully crafted!
  191. cmepen

    Regulation Rasta

    Wow! Beautiful work Bill!
  192. cmepen

    Calstar VS. UC for Rail Rod

    I agree with Robert. Pull on both and try one lighter in each line. Both are excellent. I would also recommend pulling on a Rainshadow RCTB 76 XXH and 76 XXXXH.
  193. cmepen

    #Squidlife Ulua

    Nice Squidly build with a fantastic color scheme. It would be perfect if the blank was a GLOW blank.
  194. cmepen

    Custom Rod for Cows

    Things to think about. Are the rod holders on your boat strong enough to handle the stress of fighting a 300#+ fish? Does your boat have good/easy access all the way around it? Personally, I would build the rail rod first as you can throw it into a rod holder if you need to. Then if you find...
  195. cmepen

    Centaur cx76 reel seat

    X2 on what Jake said 24.
  196. cmepen

    Calstar GF700XL

    Love the cross wrap! Clean looking build that pops!
  197. cmepen

    Skr909h Seeker Tactic / Shikari blank build

    Nice tiger! Looks like a YT slayer to me! Nicely done!
  198. cmepen

    Custom Rod for Cows

    The type of connections you are going to run are something to take into consideration. If you plan on using a swivel and reeling it onto the reel, big roller guides (Winthrop...) is the way to go. However, if clean connections (line only) is what you plan on using ringed guides will work well...
  199. cmepen

    Seeker White Tiger D8

    Looks good from my house. Clean classic looking build.
  200. cmepen

    Syndicate build

    Very nice color combos! Lots of movement in that tiger.
  201. cmepen

    My 2019 builds

    Nicely done!
  202. cmepen

    last couple for 2019

    Psychedelic! Killer clean builds as usual!
  203. cmepen

    Happy New Years!!

    Happy New Year!
  204. cmepen

    Merry Christmas BD!

    That is Awesome!!! Wait, where is the milk crate?
  205. cmepen

    GF 875XH

    Well, looks like you nailed it!LOL Very clean looking build, as usual!
  206. cmepen

    2020 Donation Rod

    Soooo clean!! Should bring in a bundle! Wonderful cause!
  207. cmepen

    Seeker Hercules GTS70XH

    Looks good from my house! I like the inlay thread color!
  208. cmepen

    Merry Christmas BD!

    Don, we can always count on you!
  209. cmepen

    Seeker S665H

    Very clean build!
  210. cmepen

    Merry Christmas BD!

    Merry Christmas BD! Merry Christmas!
  211. cmepen

    Phenix Black diamond 700ML with formal attire

    Clean looking rod! Nicely done in white!
  212. cmepen

    Casting to Spiral guides setup

    Get the line to the bottom as smoothly and quickly as possible. Depending on the type of reel you will be using you may run the stripper off center 350-359 degrees to insure the reel is taking in the line in the center of the reel. You will avoid line stacking issues if the line feeds into the...
  213. cmepen

    Varmac Christmas rods

    I am sure Garrett and Tanner are going to love them and more importantly put a hurting on some fist with them! Nice work!
  214. cmepen

    Seeker I've been lagging on

    Nice tiger!,
  215. cmepen

    Seeker ulua

    Nice fade, clean looking build!
  216. cmepen

    Patriotic Calstar BTG270-H

    Beautiful work! Love the color scheme.
  217. cmepen

    Another ULUA Unicorn

    Clean looking cross wraps! Beautiful work!
  218. cmepen

    Rainshadow SB842 USA Theme

    Clean build! Awesome color scheme!
  219. cmepen

    First time wrapping...

    Very clean looking for the first one! Great fade!
  220. cmepen

    Thrasher Albacore Build

    Clean looking rods!
  221. cmepen

    United Composites US80 Tilefish Jr.

    Super clean work! Liken the underwrap. Looks like a hedgehog inlay.
  222. cmepen

    Crazy cool new Alps guides....

    Wow! Bright and colorful! Pretty stuff!
  223. cmepen

    Calstar 6455L

    All it needs is a bow! Beautiful work!
  224. cmepen

    Rev62ml walleye

    Nice color combo! Clean work!
  225. cmepen

    SD 70 XXH Blue flame

    Killer looking rod! Love the marbling!
  226. cmepen


    Beautiful work Jake!
  227. cmepen

    80 MONSTER

    Those fades are jumping off he rod! BAD ASS beautiful build!
  228. cmepen


    Very clean, bright and beautiful! Killer build!
  229. cmepen

    A couple of builds

    Very clean looking builds! I also really like the crosswrap!
  230. cmepen

    Super Seeker LM9

    Sweet stick and build!
  231. cmepen

    RCJB 84XXH for the Batson Booth

    Beautiful and CLEAN! Nice work Salty.
  232. cmepen

    Ralphie (A Christmas Story) weave

    Awesome, Craftsmanship! Beautiful work!
  233. cmepen

    SEEKER BLUE 80 & 80h

    Very clean looking build! Love the fades!
  234. cmepen

    60 lb. ROD FOR A OLD GUY

    Great choice! You will love the rod!
  235. cmepen

    60 lb. ROD FOR A OLD GUY

    Rainshadow RCJB 84XXH or 84XH depending on your preference.
  236. cmepen

    Seeker 7X

    Clean looking fade and cord work!
  237. cmepen

    TAC 80 TAC 90

    Good call on the covert ops. Clean looking builds.
  238. cmepen

    Last of 3 for Cosmo

    Absolutely beautiful! Love the fades and that is one awesome tiger!
  239. cmepen

    Rainshadow RCJB 84 XH

    Clean and bright! Beautiful work Salty!
  240. cmepen

    Fades galore. Phenix XXH Swimbait Setup

    Beautiful fade work! Fantastic color choice! Clean build!
  241. cmepen

    OH!! Calcutta!

    Hell ya! First butt landed on the rehabbed rod will bring you a smile like no other! Great find!
  242. cmepen

    Unicorn ULUA build - WTS Blue Glass

    Loving the cross wrap! Beautiful work!
  243. cmepen

    2nd of 3 for Chef Cosmo

    I would call it Earthy and I love it! Soooo, clean! Beautiful work Bill!
  244. cmepen

    1st of 3 for Chef Cosmo in Ensenada

    Gorgous build! Clean, clean, clean!
  245. cmepen


    Ya Jake! That's a killer build! It'll go perfectly with the camouflage Avet! Nice color matching! Clean, clean, clean!
  246. cmepen

    Gods and Warriors rods 5-9

    Very nice work! I love that fade!!! Clean, clean, clean!
  247. cmepen

    US80 Tilefish for JW

    Quite a quiver! Beautiful work!
  248. cmepen

    Ulua 99

    Very nice color matching! Clean looking build! Nicely done!
  249. cmepen

    CX76 Viper for JW

    Another beauty!
  250. cmepen

    CX76 Invictus for JW

    Really like the color combo on this one! Beautiful work as usual!
  251. cmepen


    I can't believe this is still for sale! I love the fade into the guide work! Just killer! Nice work Jake!
  252. cmepen

    770XH for Neil

    Clean, clean, clean looking build!
  253. cmepen

    CE800Mega build

    You hit the unicorn theme on the nose! Nicely done!
  254. cmepen

    Patriotic viper

    Love that red, white and blue!
  255. cmepen

    CX76 Raptor for JW

    Killer color combo! Clean beautiful work!
  256. cmepen

    CX80 Raptor for JW

  257. cmepen


    X10 readers! BTW Clean work!
  258. cmepen


    Clean and beautiful! Love the color combo! Killer build Jake!
  259. cmepen

    3 Trulines

    Clean work, tastefully redone!
  260. cmepen

    United Composites US76HP for Earl

    Sick fade! Beautiful thread work! I love this blank it's a fish killer!
  261. cmepen

    Lani "Top Bitch"

    Sexy! X2 on Robert's sentiment let's keep this one on the down low!
  262. cmepen

    Another Phenix Swimbait rod. 8’, 20-50lb

    Great job color matching the reel seat with that tiger. That rod looks flashy and feather light!
  263. cmepen

    4 Batson Rainshadows: 3 RCJB84XHs and 1 RCLB70ML

    All of them look fantastic! My personal favorite is the blue rod! Lucky bunch of anglers on that trip to be sure!
  264. cmepen


  265. cmepen

    Truline D8

    Beautiful resto! Clean and classic!
  266. cmepen

    Black and Tan skinny butt "again"

    Clean and classic!
  267. cmepen

    Red Sabre 670

    Awesome movement in that tiger! Clean, killer thread work!
  268. cmepen

    Seeker GTS80H

    Pretty work!
  269. cmepen

    Seeker CJB85 for Aaron

    Loving those blues! Beautiful, clean work as usual!
  270. cmepen

    Neptuna 527 Beefstick

    Killer tiger! Very clean thread work! Beautiful!
  271. cmepen

    UC76 Viper - Aztec color palette.

    Beautiful work!
  272. cmepen

    CalStar Graphiter 875H Build

    Nice! Really like the blue on this one!
  273. cmepen

    UC 800 Mega Red White & Blue

    Clean looking build!
  274. cmepen

    UC 80 BayBass

    Bad ass tiger Eddie! Killer color scheme with that root beer colored blank! Clean looking build!
  275. cmepen

    Cal star 700XXH uncut

    Beautiful fade work Freddy, super clean build!
  276. cmepen

    Purple Progression

    Thank goodness for blades and blue tape! I am positive it looks better than new!
  277. cmepen

    Thrift store Calstar build

    Nice looking build and a bargain at five times the price!
  278. cmepen

    customizing some factory rods

    Good looking thread and finish work!
  279. cmepen

    White Tiger Ulua for Aaron

    Beautiful! Love that blue! Awesome thread work!
  280. cmepen


    Smoking hot!
  281. cmepen

    Michael Myers (Halloween) weave

    Killer work! You are a true craftsman!
  282. cmepen

    Tilefish Jr for Romel

    Clean! Nice color scheme! Love that blue!
  283. cmepen

    United Composites CP 80HP

    Beautiful build! Clean thread work!
  284. cmepen

    Another masterpiece...

    From a simple (factory style) wrap to a complex inlay or marbling work, Len is the man. His work is always clean and on point!
  285. cmepen

    UC 90 Mega Sarape

    Awesome thread work Freddy! Those fades look killer! You killed it!
  286. cmepen

    1st dragon scale

    You can use a cross wrap jig to layout a dragon scale pattern.
  287. cmepen

    Phenix 809xhj Swimbait Setup. Blacked out.

    Looks good. I dig the fade. At least he'll know what's what in the rack!
  288. cmepen

    Tan 100j Mag

    nice work Freddy! I also dig those earth tones! Nice looking guide wrap, clean looking classic.
  289. cmepen

    76 VIPER

    The tigering looks killer over the marbled tape! Awesome color combo. Very clean looking build. Beautiful!
  290. cmepen

    United Composites UC70H Baitcaster

    Someone is getting ready for next season! Back to the future! Beautiful work as usual!
  291. cmepen

    RCJB 90XH with new titaniu

    Beautiful work Steve! As usual!
  292. cmepen

    Seeker CSL 8030 for Peter

    Absolutely beautiful! Love that fade!
  293. cmepen

    Moon wrapped blue glass Ulua and CJBF80

    It's a bargain at twice the price! Moon's work is classy and classic! Clean, clean, clean!
  294. cmepen

    CE800 Del Mar for Todd

    Awesome color combo! Killer tiger! Clean looking build!
  295. cmepen

    Regan (The Exorcist) weave

    Sooooo killer!
  296. cmepen

    OSP 1 X 3

    Very clean looking build Jake! Love the threadwork!
  297. cmepen

    Pj 83

    Very nice redux! That will get the job done for sure!
  298. cmepen

    Seeker csl270h-8

    Nicely done! Killer color combo!
  299. cmepen


    Beautiful work Jake! Awesome components and blank! This rod should be out there killing those big BFT now!
  300. cmepen


    Beautiful work Jake!
  301. cmepen

    Rasta tiger wrap

    :smoking33:Smoking hot!
  302. cmepen

    2 for Mile's and Ken's Fall Classic

    Dinner at Len’s next Tue! Beautiful work as usual! You never fail to impress!
  303. cmepen

    Extended D7 rework

    Don is the man! Looks good!
  304. cmepen


    Awesome color combo! Clean work as usual! nicely Done Jake!
  305. cmepen

    Super Seeker BH89

    Clean work Moon! Even the ugly side looks clean! Pretty work!!!
  306. cmepen

    Black Hole 761MH re-wrap

    It'll be easy to find in the rack! Clean work really nice color combo too!
  307. cmepen

    UC US76 Predator! All alps! All Business!

    Yes, Grant a litte eye candy there. Jay I use D-2. Thank you all for the kind words!
  308. cmepen


    Killer fade work. Sweet color scheme too!
  309. cmepen


    Gorgeous work Jake! Clean and crisp looking wraps!
  310. cmepen

    Railrod for Capt. Rob

    Thank you all for the kind words!
  311. cmepen

    Team Hoo' Terminator

    Gorgous, clean build!
  312. cmepen

    UC US76 Predator! All alps! All Business!

    Just as the title states
  313. cmepen

    Seeker SJ90 for Brian

    Love the red white and blue! Perfect pic. release day! That CTHG looks killer from this angle. Beautiful work!
  314. cmepen


    That is some burning hot marbling! Beautiful work Jake!
  315. cmepen

    Railrod for Capt. Rob

    Rainshadow RCTB 90 Railrod in black and red. Alps red centralock with red bling. Alps XH black stainless steel guides. 3M coldshrink fore grip.
  316. cmepen

    OSP 2X4

    I have been building like crazy. I have three on the dryer spinning and getting ready to drop the fourth on there in a few. As soon as I get them done they get picked up. I've put a few that were in progress on the gram. But haven't had the time to take good pics. I will when it slows down a...
  317. cmepen

    OSP 2X4

    Wow! That is bright! Beautiful work Jake! I like that cross wrap over the reflective base! That blue is killer too!
  318. cmepen

    RCLB70l 15/30

    Beautiful work as usual!
  319. cmepen

    US80 Tilefish for Karen

    Ya, that scales wrap is killer as is all the other thread work! Beauty!
  320. cmepen

    United Composites 9 0 Del Mar

    Beautiful work Eddie! Love that marbling!
  321. cmepen

    alps guide line rating

    As Don said, yes. The probable difference in drag pressure between a 30# and 40# setup is about 3#'s of pressure, which is not much the MXN's are strong enough to handle it. The issue with using MXN may be the height of the guide in combination with the blank to be used. With the lower profile...
  322. cmepen

    Rainshadow Jig Stick

    Looks killer Eddie!
  323. cmepen

    909h I built for myself

    Definitely looking good!
  324. cmepen

    A batch of Rainshadows

  325. cmepen


    Ya, that's bad ass!
  326. cmepen

    4 New Seekers for Bob K

    Killer quiver enhancements! Beautiful work!
  327. cmepen

    Cord foregrip on the rail

    That's what I would use.
  328. cmepen


    Stunning build! Awesome components! Someone I should going to get a killer deal! GLWS!
  329. cmepen

    Turk Head. Looking for feedback

    Looking good!
  330. cmepen


    Eddie is the real deal! Very unique and artistic butt wraps!as well as great color selection. Beautiful work Eddie!
  331. cmepen

    Epoxy or Varnish or Shellac Over paracrod⁸

    Water based spar Varnish crystal clear UV protection formula.
  332. cmepen

    CE800 Monster for Rick

    Nicely done, masterpiece!
  333. cmepen

    US80 Tilefish Jr for Fran

    Another beauty! That tiger is stunning!
  334. cmepen


    Beautiful work! Killer components! Love that green!
  335. cmepen

    Calstar 610 for Steve

    Beautiful! Love the blue!
  336. cmepen

    CX80 Raptor for Barry G

    Awesome colors! Beautiful work as usual!
  337. cmepen

    CX80 Raptor for Anthony

    Beautiful work! Clean, clean, clean!
  338. cmepen

    CE1000 Wahoo for Kyle

    Beautiful work!
  339. cmepen

    Kangaroo having a beer weave (completed)

    Amazing talant and craftsmanship!
  340. cmepen

    Lamiglas GP1022MH

    killer butt wrap, love the colors!
  341. cmepen

    "Bluefin" Viper for Mike

  342. cmepen


    Beautiful work Steve!
  343. cmepen

    "Yellowtail" Raptor for Mike

    Sooooo clean! Beautiful color combo, threadwork and craftsmanship! You hit the target with this one! YT killer!
  344. cmepen


    You nailed it Jake!
  345. cmepen

    Ol Goat tribute rod. 90j

    Looks fantastic! Please repost after it has finish on it, I'll bet it will look even more amazing!
  346. cmepen

    Star Spangled Monster

    Hard to go wrong with a red white and blue! Beautiful work as usual!
  347. cmepen


    That's one mean green fish killing machine! Should be killing fish by now!
  348. cmepen


    Bump for an awesome rod built by a killer builder!
  349. cmepen


    I can't believe this beauty is still available! Awesome blank and components put together by a craftsman! Should be killing fish by now!
  350. cmepen

    Seeker Blue glass WT-7X

    Simple and clean! Nicely done!
  351. cmepen


    Beautiful work as usual Jake!
  352. cmepen


    This one just jumps out a thread you! Stunning! Beautiful craftsmanship!
  353. cmepen


    Beautiful work Jake! Great blank and components too!
  354. cmepen

    So sad !!!

    Happy to hear it's working for you! Over time it gets even easier. Inlays are easier with the bobbin IMHO. Also, I put masking tape on the edge of the table I wrap on, it helps protect the thread. Tight lines!
  355. cmepen

    So sad !!!

    They are very easy to use compared to the supplied carriage. Einar
  356. cmepen

    So sad !!!

    Thread bobbin!
  357. cmepen

    So sad !!!

    Buy and try some bobbins! Getbitoutdoors, jannsnetcraft, eBay, Donart or Mudhole have them. Good luck!
  358. cmepen

    Advice on Predator 80 build

    The size of the stripper guide is largely based on what reel you plan on using on the rod. For the running guides you could use 10's 8's depending on what guides you are going to use (heavy or meadium) and if you are planning on running knotts through the guide train. Another consideration is...
  359. cmepen

    So sad !!!

    I also love my Alps power wrapper. I however, do not get along with it's thread carriage, or any power wrapper manufacturers thread carriage for that matter. By recommendation of Ken Bush (years ago) I tried using a thread bobbin and have not used a carriage since. The upgraded Alps chuck is by...
  360. cmepen

    For Sale Calcutta Bamboo Gaffs, turkshead Knotts, Mustad gaff hooks, Tarred Sein Twine Handles, Be Ready!

    The bamboo handle I can do. I am looking into what to use for the de-hooking piece. I will let you know what I find out James. Thank you for your kind words. I am happy you are enjoying the gaff. Einar
  361. cmepen

    Tiger wrap guides

    You can put an underwrap just where the guide foot goes and do a tiger over just the guide foot area. I think that is why Bill shared his work (buitiful work Bill). This will leave the area under the guide ring open.
  362. cmepen

    Tiger wrap guides

    You can do an underwrap where the guide feet go and leave the area under the ring area open.
  363. cmepen

    Rainshadow RCLB79MH in action

    The 79 M and MH are killer blanks as is the 80M. Congrats!
  364. cmepen

    What is Marbling Mud?

    I was thinking Unicorn snot!?!
  365. cmepen

    Blue Seeker OSP2x4

    Simply beautiful! Love the blue!
  366. cmepen

    Seeker CBW809

    Nice! Killer Tiger and color scheme!
  367. cmepen

    mixed bag

    Super clean as usual Bill! Killer marbling! I love the blue on the others!
  368. cmepen

    2nd hand Power Wrappers

    Here is one in Cypress:
  369. cmepen

    Calstar GF-7400M for Richard

    Butt wrap looks killer! Nice looking build. It definitely "Hits the target" I am sure your customer will love it!
  370. cmepen

    700mh blue abalone

    Yeah buddy! Killer blank! Beautifully built!
  371. cmepen

    Last one of three for Jerrett

    Beautiful work as usual. Great color combo!
  372. cmepen

    Rainshadow revelation for Augustine

    Very clean looking build! Great color!
  373. cmepen

    A bunch for team Rainshadow

    Some beast killers there! Nice work! I'm sure they will be put to good use!
  374. cmepen

    Seeker Pinhead modification

    Depending on the condition of the cork you can put the cord on over the cork. Heat gun the butt cap off or cut it off or a little of both.
  375. cmepen

    US80 Predator for Thad

    Georgous! Killer blank, killer components and a master builder! It doesn't get better than this! Awesome!
  376. cmepen

    CE900 Monster for Robert

    Definitely a killer color combo! Beautiful work!
  377. cmepen

    2nd one for Jerrett

    Love that blue! Beautiful! Clean, clean, clean!
  378. cmepen


    Clean and classic! Beautiful work Jake!
  379. cmepen

    Seeker OSP 2x4 twisted Barney

    The world is full of haters, I like the colors, the wraps and the design. It is to nice to fish indeed! I hope you catch "The fFrst, The Biggest and The Most" fish on your trip! Pretty Work!
  380. cmepen

    SOLD Rasta Rainshadow RCLB810L

    A little bit country, a little bit Rasta Roll! Beautiful work Len! Killer components coupled with a master builder! GLWS!
  381. cmepen

    Calstar 850M question

    I have heard several experienced rod builders explain blank rating this way. A blank should be rated by the amount of drag it takes effectively not by line class. Some fisherman set their reel's drag at 25% of line rating while others closer to 33%. This can help explain your question as to the...
  382. cmepen

    CX76 Viper for Brian

    Beautiful work! You are a craftsman!
  383. cmepen

    For Sale Calcutta Bamboo Gaffs, turkshead Knotts, Mustad gaff hooks, Tarred Sein Twine Handles, Be Ready!

    Thank you Adam? Enjoy the gaff! Please send some pics of the bounty the gaff helps you reap!
  384. cmepen

    Black finish "hard chrome guides"

    Alps aluminum reel seats are the go to today!
  385. cmepen

    CX76 Raptor for Brian

    Crouching tiger hidden spiral! Killer! Love, love, love the colors on this one! Georgous!
  386. cmepen

    Phenix Ultra Swimbait 868H...

    Wow! Love the CTHD on this one. Beautiful as usual!
  387. cmepen

    United Composites Phantom

    Another beauty! This one looks better in person! Very, very unique butt wrap decore! Love it Eddie!
  388. cmepen

    For Sale Calcutta Bamboo Gaffs, turkshead Knotts, Mustad gaff hooks, Tarred Sein Twine Handles, Be Ready!

    Thank you Travis! Nice to meet you and your family! Congratulations on your new boat! Enjoy the gaffs!
  389. cmepen

    Critique my acid wrap guide placement

    Honestly, it's difficult to see/tell what's going on. Are the grips on the rod yet? One of the things you want to check is if the line coming off of the reel is going to hit the fore grip. The stripper guide looks very far back. It looks like you need more guides towards the tip as the guide at...
  390. cmepen

    Epoxy Repair advise

    Pic. Would definitely help. When you apply the epoxy on a longer area (butt wrap) brush the epoxy on with, butt to tip/tip to butt, strokes (not spinning under power). It will come out more leveled. You can sand it if there is a thick enough epoxy coat on there.
  391. cmepen

    Maximum Carnage

    Fantastic! Love the different style of marbling.
  392. cmepen

    Seeker OSP3X

    Beautiful craftsmanship! Love all the blue!
  393. cmepen


    Very clean looking build! Love the fade! Beautiful work!
  394. cmepen

    Help getting started?

    Lol! I love Squidco! ROD BUILDING CLASS! GO TO ROD BUILDING CLASS! Lots of fantastic builders there to assist you! FREE worth the drive! People come from a Temecula, LA, LB, CV.... worth the trip Don is an amazing mentor!!! As are, Steve, Ken, Len, Ed... Just make it happen! No excuses!
  395. cmepen


    Another beauty!
  396. cmepen

    My first custom rod - need guide suggestion

    Get a builder you can trust! 8' factory rod will likely have 9 guides. A custom might have 9 or 10 or 11 depending on the reel you intend to use and the type of fishing you will be doing and the setup you want (conventional, acid, spinner). Your builder should stadic test the blank to determine...
  397. cmepen

    Acid wrap questions

    Spine on top for both. Catching seagulls! Don’t be “that guy”!
  398. cmepen

    Acid wrap questions

    An acid wrapped "on spine" rod has the reel seat in the same position as a conventionally built rod and the tiptop opposite a conventionally built rod. O________ Reel O Tip
  399. cmepen

    Acid wrap questions

  400. cmepen

    Acid wrap questions

    When building an acid wrapped rod "on spine" the reel/reelseat are on top of the spine/rod and the tiptop is under or down.
  401. cmepen

    Acid wrap questions

    1) no, it matters. Start on top on the spine end on the bottom. 2) If you are fishing braid an acid wrapped rod is like a chainsaw with the blade on the bottom of the rod. You need to be very careful going over the top of other fisherman. 3) more than likely you will need fewer guides. Stadic...
  402. cmepen

    Short Bamboo Gaff " jungle Gaff"

    Gnarly looking gaff! The knot looks like it could double as a bottle opener. Very cool!
  403. cmepen

    Seeker CJB80H for David

    Beautiful work! Love the blue/silver fade!
  404. cmepen

    Props to the wrappers here.

    You are in Ramona. Go to the rod building class in Mira Mesa every Tue. You will learn to wrap and learn what type of equipment you want. Don has three power wrappers there for builders to use and try out. It is worth your time. There is a 15 year old that just wrapped his first rod (90J). He...
  405. cmepen


    Yes, every Tuesday.
  406. cmepen

    Props to the wrappers here.

    Darn work! Gets in way of fun every time!
  407. cmepen

    Props to the wrappers here.

    It's addicting! Keep on keeping on!
  408. cmepen


    Dan is going to be stoked with this one! Beautiful work Jake! Killer marbling and threadwork!
  409. cmepen

    First build coming this looking about right?

    IMHO the stripper guide needs to be centered on the top of the blank at minimum or even a little offset to the left. This insure the reel loades line to center as aposed to the right. The way it's set up now it will load line to the right side. You live in La Mesa you should come to the rod...
  410. cmepen

    Denatured alcohol banned in CA??

    My HD in San Diego also has it!
  411. cmepen


    Beautiful! Fantastic cause to boot!
  412. cmepen

    For Sale Calstar T6465 20-50, Pac Bay Aluminum reel seat and gimbal

    The Calstar T6465 is an all Fiberglass, all around boat rod with a fast action. It is rated by Calstar as a 20-50# rod blank. I would fish it 30-40#.
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    Mixed quiver

    Classic and beautiful!
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    Rainshadow RPT100MH Tuna Popper

    Nice! Love that killer fade work! That blank is awesome too! Clean build all the way arround!
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    SOLD VCGB5-7’ 30-60# $175.00 NEW - reduced

    This rod should be killing fish by now! Bargain price to boot!
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    SOLD New SQC G-Lite VCGB1 10-30# Baitstick - $175.00

    This beauty is a bargain a this twice the price! Someone needs to snap it up before he raises the price!
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    Guys! This awesome rod should be killing fish by now!
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    CalStar GFGF875H

    Stadic test the rod with the reel you will be using to be sure of appropriate guide size, number of guides and guide placement
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    Hula Girl 775XXH for Michael

    Very nice! Beautiful fade work there!
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    Rctb 70xxxxh

    Very clean thread and finish work! Color combo is killer!