This is a light offshore rod that I am keeping for myself. Didn't get too crazy with anything other then the golf ball wrap on the split grip since it will probably get banged around plenty. It is an OTI blank with Fuji K guides and an Alps triangle reel seat and gimbal. I am pairing it with a Shimano Saragosa 8000 that I got new from ebay. I am bound and determined to catch a tarpon this summer with this rod to cross it off my fishing bucket list. Maybe we can catch the TIFT winner this summer with it-eh Kyle? Sorry for the bad lighting-it was getting dark when I took the pics yesterday.
I use self adhesive drywall tape from Lowe's. Not really a new technique-just a little twist on the dragon scale wrap that JT and others have come up with and modified. It is really easy. Wrap the tape on and wrap with a metallic thread and you are done.