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Hi Everyone,

This is my first post to this board. Was suggested by another member (thanks Brice) that I come over and show you guys what I've been working on. All comments are appreciated.

Just finished up my latest project. This one was a Christmas gift to myself. Built on a Batson FSU60XH. This rod has my first hat pin inlay and is also my first spiral wrapped rod with roller guides. Quite the learning experience to say the least, but what a blast. It's rated 50-80lb. but could handle anything you throw it's way. It's also paired with a brand new Avet 50SDS 2 speed. Will be putting it to the test come Spring Break. Just loaded it with 500 yards of 130lb. Jerry Brown and a 100 yard top-shot of Momoi.

Rear section. Red Perfection reel seat and ball gimball. Slick Butt. Nu-Skin Rod Armor fore-grip. Tuna inlay in front.






Avet SDS 50.



Tuna hat pin inlay. Pewter pin actually glued directly to the blank, then put 28 coats of high build thread epoxy on the top to embed it into the rod.



Side View.



Custom Decal.
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Guide wrap for stripper guide. All-American Acid Roller Guides.
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Actually wrapped the stripper guide at about 5 degrees offset to better align the guide with the reel. That was kind of a trick.
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Full view of all the guides. This would actually be a view of the guides upside down, as normally, while in use, all the upper guides would be on the bottom of the rod.
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This was a really fun build. Hope you guys like it. Would appreciate any comments. Thanks, Jeff (Shieldski)

Shieldski Customs
Austin, Texas
Shieldski Customs
 

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Nice build Jeff. Love the red on red. BTW, what benefit do you get from the ball gimbal?

Hi Red,

The only advantage I've experienced so far with the ball gimball is that it looks cool.... hahaha. :) Honestly, when you're strapped in you don't get any benefit that I can tell. It supposedly gives you a wider range of motion but I never had a problem with that on normal gimball anyway, so who knows. And the color of the perfection components is the best match on the market that I've found to date for red Avet reels.

Jeff (Shieldski)
 
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Hi Red,

The only advantage I've experienced so far with the ball gimball is that it looks cool.... hahaha. :) Honestly, when you're strapped in you don't get any benefit that I can tell. It supposedly gives you a wider range of motion but I never had a problem with that on normal gimball anyway, so who knows. And the color of the perfection components is the best match on the market that I've found to date for red Avet reels.

Jeff (Shieldski)

Yea I bought the Cobalt Blue seat and gimbal for my new Calstar build but I didn't like the "chamelion" effect they seemed to have. Traded it in for an Alps and it was exactly the color I was looking for.

This is Brice by the way
 

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Hey Jeff! I see my cousin(Red34) has brought you over to the dark side. We've actually spoken several times from corpusfishing.com, breakawayusa, and extremecoast, beautiful work as usual. Btw, thanks for the advice on switching to threadmaster. That stuff rocks. Keep up the great work, and look forward to actually meeting you some day. Do you surf fish? PINS?
 

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Man, beautiful job and colors. What color and brand are those threads?
 
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