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Ordered a 10ft Mudhole blank for the father-in-law "Composite Cape Canaveral Surf Rocket", for $60 its a really nice blank. Put the fugi reel seat on last night but I'm waiting for some parts to start the layout and wrap. I may get the grip on this weekend but after that I'll be stuck until my thread comes in. He's a shorter guy (hence the 10 footer) so the setup is somewhat complicated for me since it's a surprise.

I don't think he's ever fished, I'm hoping to get a new fishing buddy out of it so he gets off my back about leaving my wife at home to go fish. I've got 7 days staying beachfront in SC in May to convert him.

Progress reports to follow.

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and if he doesn't like fishing then I just talked my wife into letting me buy a new rod without her knowing it!

I hope it works out though.

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Finally finished it off last night. I'm really happy with the way it casts now but I'm also going to have him try it with a 50mm closer the reel. I cast with enough force to not have any slap or issues but he may not so I have the option of adding the 50mm on the back half of the blank.

I learned some things along the way that I would do differently or that I decided to re-do differently. I know that from now on I'm strictly a low build expoxy user. I initially used the high build on the butt section and it looked like crap so I stripped it down and started over.

The striper decal is not purple, it changes as the light hits it, for some reason the flash makes it purple. I was able to get his initials in the butt section as well, next time I'll order a custom decal and fork over the $7.00.

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Looks great!!! I'm sure your father-in-law will be proud of that rod.

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