I have now built new rods tp replace what I lost in the Kayak in the Fall. My newest is an American made Batson Rainshadow RH7 Blank MH fast action, with a Winn split grip, Fuji reel seat, and Microwave guides. If you haven't tried this guide train, they're awesome. This will serve as a flipping stick/nearshore sheepshead rod. This was my first attempt at a diamond decorative wrap. No perfect, but I will take it. I would not put it on the fore blank due to the added weight, but on the butt between the split grip, it helps to balance the rod.