View Full Version : -Custom XST 13'0", 3 Piece, Centerpin Float Rod-
07-14-2012, 04:10 PM
We just finished up this new XST Centerpin float rod today. We had this blank laying around for a while and decided we would get it built up and sold. Its a 13'0", 3 piece 6-10 lb, centerpin rod with minima guides, super grade cork handle and sliding rings.
The blank alone retails for $200. We are selling it for $325! :D You will not find a nicer pin rod for this price. PM me if you are interested.
07-14-2012, 05:25 PM
I M me the price please.
07-15-2012, 04:20 PM
07-15-2012, 05:10 PM
Quick question. Why use the sliding rings? Is that a centerpin rod design deal? Or does that have to do with the handle design? Do they lock down on the reel good enough to prevent the reel from falling off? Just never seen that before and was curious.
07-15-2012, 06:43 PM
A lot of center pin rods have sliding rings so you can balance the rod to the pin your using. For me they are a pain because your pin can fall off when you're least expecting it. A lot of guys use tape to secure the rings but I prefer fixed reel seats.
07-15-2012, 08:32 PM
Cool, that's one style of fishing I haven't tried yet. Looks like fun.
07-16-2012, 10:55 AM
The sliding rings work great. A very thin piece of shrink wrap on each end works like a charm once you have your reel perfectly balanced. It matches perfect with the black rings and holds tight!
I personally think the handle setup is another one of those “Well, if a major manufacturer is building them this way then it must be good”. I built a customer the same setup and I recommended that he go with a reel seat. With his reel I could have set the seat in the right place to balance it out as much as possible. Then he would not have had to deal with his rings and securing them every time he wanted to take the reel off or move it.
Something to keep in mind folks is just because someone comes out with a new idea or style does not mean it is the best way to do it. When Lamiglas came out with woven graphite handles everyone has to have them. Now people want to go back to cork because they found they are not as cool as they seemed in the beginning. The only benefit I see to them is they are nice getting out of a rod holder. Well they look cool to and are easy to clean. They require a lot more epoxy to install them adding more weight to a rod. Properly reamed cork takes much less epoxy and weighs less.
07-20-2012, 11:51 AM
You cannot compare a custom rod builder to major rod manufacturers! This was not built for a customer and all major rod manufacturers are not building for individual customers so getting the reel to balance out a rod does not work. If a customer was to come to us with a reel I would build it up to balance out his rod. This was a blank we had in the shop and figured we would get it sold quick and the sliding rings was the best option for the potential customer.
I also agree with the graphite grips on the lami's, I think they are garbage and are heavier than cork even without the added epoxy. There are advantages to using carbon fiber grips but not the tube kind!
10-18-2012, 03:43 PM
Really want to learn to use one of these.