Puddle Jumper's "Big Red" Flathead Catfish Rod

Discussion in 'Fishing Rod Review' started by puddle jumper, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. puddle jumper

    puddle jumper Well-Known Member

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    Ok Guy's,
    This the flathead rod ive been working on "mentioned it in the twins II thread"
    It has a little of everything I have learned over the last couple of years, Weaving , Marbling, Tread work, split flocked grips,,

    Its built on a Rainshadow blank, built by Batson,, its a RX6 Graphite/ E-Glass 7' fast action,, 30-60 lb Power Raiting , split grips , flipped perfection all aluminum reel seat,, Fugi Hardloy "hi-grade aluminum oxide" boat guides,,

    This is a Serious Flathead Rod with huge power for fighting Big fish out of cover and swift current...
    also thats a Quantum CABO reel,, super smooth, I will put it through the paces and tell you guys how I like it in a few months,, so far its a large reel "big gears" with a smaller line capacity, I see it being good for braid where you need a heavy duty reel but not 450 yards of braid,, should reduce the need for so much backing with braid...
    Thanks for the look,,
    What do you think??
    Puddle
    oh also added some side by side pics of the twins in the other post...
     

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  2. puddle jumper

    puddle jumper Well-Known Member

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    More,,
    Belive it or not, Ive got 5 hr's in the weaving of my name in there,, fun but slow going,,,
    Puddle
     

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  3. puddle jumper

    puddle jumper Well-Known Member

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    Last ones,,
    Marbled under the first three gides..and a glow in the dark tip...
    Puddle
     

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  4. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper New Member

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    Dang John, that's a sweet looking rod! Looks like it could handle a big Flathead for sure. Nice work!
     
  5. flatheadslayer

    flatheadslayer New Member

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    NICE rod bro. need me one of those.
     
  6. MAX1955

    MAX1955 New Member

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    Nice rod Puddle, thanks for sharing with us.
     
  7. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Looking good!! How about a shot with a different background if possible.
     
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    yellingrebel78 New Member

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  9. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    great work :desire: cant buy that at a store :Nop:
     
  10. puddle jumper

    puddle jumper Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Guys,,,
    Man one of the things that has really been hard to do is take good pics to show you guys, the finish is shinney and if I get it in the wrong light all you get is glare, for the 6-or 8 pics you guys have seen I have taken probably 30 and picked the best ones out, I dont know if its my camera or what, but you would get a much better apreciation for these rods if you could see them in person,, Im better at building than taking pics...
    Sorry...
    Puddle
     
  11. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    John That work looks awsome man. Did Big AL teach you that..:laugh1: That rod not only looks good but from the materials its made from sounds like it will jerk a flat head up out of the bottom.
     
  12. puddle jumper

    puddle jumper Well-Known Member

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    Nope,
    The weaving and the marbling it taught myself, with a little help from the internet,,,
    GOT TO GET MY RODS FINISHED SO I CAN START SOME INPORTANT ONES BUDDY...:handshake:
    Puddle
     
  13. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    Those are just as important.
     
  14. USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT

    USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT New Member

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    Looks sweet AND it looks like it,ll get the job done easily.Definitely something to be proud of there brother!Bad-ass!:wink:
     
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  15. Flamekeeper

    Flamekeeper New Member

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    Nice Job John,,,The more you build the better you get, the better you get the more you build. Its like Lays potato chips. It addictive for sure. the marbling looks goods too! I like the colors. That weaving is very time consuming ,,WHEW!!
     
  16. katman#1

    katman#1 New Member

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    nice looking rod should handle any flathead
     
  17. FLATHEAD STEVE

    FLATHEAD STEVE New Member

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    Rod looks awsome bro.... let us know how it handles the big boys. From the looks of it you should have no problems!
     
  18. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    making me want to get off my butt and make me a pair
     
  19. lookin_4_moby

    lookin_4_moby New Member

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    that's a dam fine rod you got there!!! I hope it lands you a monster!!