A friend of mine has asked me to build him a center pin rod for fishing in the Great Lake Tribs and I'm contemplating building the same thing for myself.. Lots of builders seem to use size 8 guides all the way up to the tip to combat ice forming on the guides which causes the rods to be tip heavy. In order to combat that I am going to try to use an aluminum skeletonized reel seat and have some wood on the butt to match the reel seat. I would like to do something along the lines of the following picture but I'm not sure how to go about it. I would have to have some rubberized cork on the end because half the time fishing for steelhead is spent cursing at the ice accumulating on your guides--with a 10-16 foot rod you have to put the butt down to fix that situation and I wouldn't want the wood to get messed up.
Should I drill all the way through the butt cap with a diameter matching the blank and glue a rubberized piece of cork onto the end and shape to size after I finish the butt cap? I'm assuming I'll have to keep either end of the butts rough so it will adhere to the cork.
Will the same wood glue that I glue cork rings together with be sufficient?
I'm not sure the end result will be worth all of the hard work..
This rod was built by Laurel Ridge, he has some pretty kick ass work.. definitely worth taking a look at.
I have never fished center pin, I usually fish the same tribs with a 7 weight. Any advice would be much appreciated.