Rod blank. The Lamiglas
S-Glass SMB 108 3M is 9 foot long, but cut the butt down to 7 or
6 1/2 feet depending on you. I use a seven footer. Do not cut
anything off the tip, which is a nice-sized 8 1/2 tip. So
although it's extremely shaky, it's not a thin-tipped rod. After
cutting the butt, the blank will weigh between 3 1/2 to 4 ounces.
S-Glass is sensitive, lightweight and made with the same epoxy
resins as in graphite sticks. But S-Glass is far superior than
graphite for shaking soft plastics and for walking topwater
baits. Why? Because when you shake it, the S-Glass vibrates in
PARABOLIC ARC. You can't get a parabolic shake with graphite.
Lamiglas also makes E-Glass rods - a great (some say the best)
series of cranking and spinnerbait rod. But S-Glass is far
superior for walking topwaters and for shakin', doodlin', light
C-riggin' suspended bass. Besides, it's far lighter and more
sensitive than E-Glass.
Cork tape handle. I don't know how
common this is in freshwater, but we use cork tape on all our
striper surf rods. Your rodmaker should know where to get some.
Basically, wrap one layer of cork tape, then wrap over it with a
second layer, thereby bumping up the diameter of the grip
slightly. How long a handle? Make it a comfortable length for
Lightweight spinning guides. I use
a set of four wide-diameter spinning guides. The wide diameter is
not critical, but lightweight guides are. Use the lightest guides
- and don't use heavy rod-wrapping designs on the feet. It's good
for you or your rodmaker to put the cork tape handle on,
temporarily tape the guides on, and test casting with the rod
until you are satisfied with the guide placement, and therefore
the casting distance/quality.
Reel seat. Just put your reel
where you want it using black electrician's tape. You may have
seen some ultra-light Slider Rods where you tape the reel on too,
but you'll be mistaken if you think this stick is like a mini-ultralight
Reel. I use a Fin Nor MegaLite
spinning reel in the "4000" size range on this rod.
Line. I use 15 lb. test mono with
the topwaters. I use an ultra-thin mono line in 12 lb. (no
less than 10) for shaking soft plastics.
I won't tell you the rest of what it can do. Just shake it. I
am sure you will discover many deadly uses of your own for such a
In time you may grow overly fond of her, like I have of mine.