It actually took me a few days to consider to take up this project. The requirement is simple... actually too "simple" , the owner of this rod wanted to specify the components to be used. Well, that is fine with me.
Of course, there are times when we have our differences in view of the components but that does not stop us from progressing with the design of "The KATANA".
This design is by the owner himself, Daniel Wong who is known for his craze going after big mamas of the giant snakeheads or Channa mircopeltes.
He wanted a rod that is well-balance for persistence and consistence casting for heavy cover. Imagine chasing after giant snakehead fries, non-stop casting the whole day without fatigue and wearing yourself out. That was the criteria...
He agreed on a 6'6" 14-30lb North Fork blank. The components will be fully from MATAGI and Fuji Titanium SiC guides.
Below are some photographs taken during the building process.
Sample wrapping for selection of underwraps
North Fork blank MB6609-1 IM
Mock up test fitting all components before epoxying.
Thread wrapping above the pipe check.
Here are the complete rod photos.
( Courtesy from Daniel Wong @ Dominic )
That is only half the fun....
The excitement comes after that..........
Daniel hauled up his record breaking 14 pounder giant snakehead from Sepayang, Johor.
According to him, this 14 pounder mama gave a good fight and went under the boat a couple of times. Fortunately this rod can bend like hell...
Landed a few sizables ones and with good rebound power of the backbone, these were no fight for the "KATANA" eventhough in heavy covers.