I've been shopping for a new lure casting rod lately and when I picked up the Abu-Garcia Veritas Winch I really liked the action (Med) and weight, but I did not like the handle length. So I went ahead and bought one with this slight modification in mind. Now it's not perfect by any means, I'm no rod builder, but I think it will work just fine. The whole rig weighs less than 3/4 lb (reel and all).
2. removed 3" - no going back now
3. Checking balance
4. Adding counter weight (1/2 oz)
5. There that's better (balanced) - time to epoxy
7. Ready to fish