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Hello all, I dabble in custom rods some, build for myself and a few other people.  Looking to build a spinning rod for river smallies.  Something 6-7' ML for 1/16-1/4oz lure range.  Open to suggestions, most likely will use Fuji KL-H guide train.  Have been looking at MHX, Rodgeeks(St. Croix), Rainshadow, etc.  Shimano 3000 sized reel, 8lb braid.  Thanks!

 

Adam

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 Rainshadow ISP 842 2 piece is one of my favorite blanks, and since you're interested in ML power, I think it will work very well. I have built a couple of them, using KLH starting with the 16 for light braid and 4 mm runners.  It has a nice flex for snapping and twitching 4 inch swim baits, works OK for tubes, although there are better tube blanks (more power), works really well for light crankbaits.  Don't be turned off by its M-F action designation; it works.  My son's first impression with one I built for him was "This rod is really sensitive."  And he has a couple St Croix SC V's which I made for him.

 

 

If you think you need more power, go for the 843.  Also a very nice blank that I expect will work well.

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Awesome thanks for the tip!  Built an SP844 two years ago for light saltwater; that thing has caught everything from smallies to juvenile tarpon.  Great rods!

 

Any experience with the REVS68ML-SB?  I'm partial to one piece rods.  Thanks!

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16 hours ago, drakesndrum said:

Any experience with the REVS68ML-SB?  I'm partial to one piece rods.  Thanks!

No, but REV's are highly respected.  The RX 7's discussed above used to be available in one piece.

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Might check the REV out, may even cut it down(from the butt) a little shorter for river fishing.  Thanks!

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It should be pointed out that there are really no significant performance disadvantages to 2 piece rods any more.  I've built both the two and one piece models of one Rainshadow model and cannot tell the difference.  And when you want to travel, significant advantage.

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Any experience with Rodgeeks Carbon4 blanks or anything MHX makes?  Keeping options open.  The Rodgeeks are essentially St. Croix SCIV, same as their Legend Tournament rods.  The 6'3" ML and M have my attention for river fishing.  I have built a couple of surf rods on RG blanks and have been happy with them.  Thanks!

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