Well I finally decided to build my first custom,after my grandson (4-yrs old) was looking at the GUSA 85 mega mag blank I was going over some spacing lay-outs, testing, you guys know about the first one right.and he said papa, papa I want one, but not that big I want a little one, That red one right their.Pointing at the ox-blood blank B85 mag, I had setting in the corner.Man I just smiled and laughed a little.But after a little begging , I handed him the blank, and scooted it down in his hands till it was about 6'6" and he was swinging that stick everywhere,Yes Papa yes I want this one,,well Bros I broke down and cut the stick at 6'3 and his eyes were as sliver dollars,and a smile you had to see to believe.It took me awhile to get it back,and explain to him what I was going to do with it ,Build him a pretty fishing pole and he agreed and handed it over. Whew! . As he looked on in amazement, I went by Doc Ski DVD CUSTOM ROD BUILDING,and put the rear handle on a 6 1/2" red hypolon, then set a alps centra-loc seat TICO in place on the tape, then I spined the blank as best as I could and marked, I epoxied the seat in place and installed a 8" red hypolon front grip.. The next evening I rechecked the spine mark and it was about a 1/4" off center,don't know how that happened, must have bumped it a little when installing the forgrip.LOL. The next thing I did was go by Dale Clemens custom rod book and got the spacing for the guides,And it sure does change from a MAG HVY / MEGAMAG HVY,Big difference,, checked it out 3-4 different times and with a little adjustment on different lay-outs they are taped on(a set of ( 8 )HZHC, TNCG's from ATC ) and you can run a nylon cord Thur them and get a perfect even flow over the blank while its bent to almost a horseshoe .Sweeeet looking bent like that, here fishy fishy. Thanks to my grandson, I liked the setup so much I cut down the Mega Mag to 6'6 to build as a Flathead stick / something like a stand up To pull-em out of the trees and rocks/ waiting for the seat now for it. Yeah I'm hand spinning it for now, power-wrapper a few weeks out, Just could'nt wait that long,lol. I'm going uphill with the thread and turning rod away from me,twisting up, I dont know ... What have you guys seen as you added weight to the blank?? Has anything changed in the spine?. Its just a 1/4 " if that,, it will be alright I know, just wondering. Like to Get it right the first time,all the time. I'm home today so I will try some thread (8 under-wraps ) work again and see if I can figure out how to get these started. After a couple try's it was on. I had that underwap looking good as heck gudebrod# 521/Nylon R.W. candy apple ,about 1/8" into the wrap I inserted 2 HT 9002 silver metallic threads and wrapped a few more turns along with the candy to get my inlay 2 silver 1 red for 3 turns, then dropped the silver and continued on with the red. Man everything was looking great bro untill I got to the place to put another inlay under the center of the guide ring I stopped and took the burnishing tool and rub inward to tighten things up a little more and then it happened ,Somehow I hit the thread on the way back and loosed up the end tried to tighten it up and Bam it happened the thing came apart....I could'nt beleive it..Man I'm still sitting here looking at it. Hate to tear it apart ,cause the thing looks good man.for the first wrap with that inlay Yeah Boy! its On now. I see all kinds of things coming in the future. AAHHa!!,Got a idea, 5min later and its done man , i took the thread and reversed the wrap and slid the tag under all 3 and pulled in the opposite derection to tighten it up and yep,,I just fixed that puppy. Took some sealer and put a coat on the tag end up to the inlay..It looks pretty good,,going to let dry and then get on with the show. Got that under-wrap finished and Bro's it looks good as heck!! for the first one.lol..:big_smile: 3 1/4" wrap with 3 inlays. 1 good coat od flex coat color preserver,and 15 -20 minutes later and she shines like new money.. My wife came in from work and I had her to spin the rod as I took and held the thread in place with the burnishing tool, shoot ,,I cannot hardly wait for the power wrapper... I wish I had started to do this a long time ago.Man this is allright. Got 3 more under-wraps completed, had a little trouble on the second one, slipped the burnishing tool and cut the thread. man I like to never figured that out, took awhile but I put a loop in the lead thread , wrapped 4-5 turns and inserted the main line and pulled both thru,cut and burnished completed wrap and inlay then preserver, can hardly see it. And the real bonus, its going under the over-wraps. I thought I was going to redo the whole wrap..2 more and then its onto wrapping the guides. But I got to smile Bro's at this rod, Ox Blood Red blank with candy apple under-wraps with silver inlays. ..lol, I cannot beleive it looks as good as it does.. I almost forgot,,,My left thumb and 2 fingers are tight and hurts like heck.. Well guys here are the first pics of the rod, from the start I took the 8'6" gusa b85 mag blank and cut her down to 6'3".41/2" including butt-cap,for my grandson.Put the red hypolon grips on, 6 1/2" rear 8" front with the alps 20mm centra lock silver seat. and marked spacing for guides. Then I installed the Alum fighting butt-cap, Then I went and and cut two V's in a 10x6"x 5 1/2" high box and started to wrapping the soon to be fish fighter. By hand. She's looking good . I'll have a better camera by the time its completed and I'll post some good close-ups, but these will show you my progress on my first custom channel cat rod , complete with inlays. ATC Holo/holo casting Guides are taped on now ready for the over wraps.. channel-cat decals go on right before finale finish..my grandson comes over and says OH WOW! that is pretty papa., that all I need to hear right there Bro's. Gods blessing to man, children then grandkids they are the greatest . While I'm waiting for the silver,for the over-wraps,I will be putting the under-wraps on the Cobalt stick, so I'll probably be finishing these up at the same time..