Well, the prize from last year's contest is done. Moose won the contest, and thus won a custom-built fishing rod. When I asked him what he wanted, he said "Something with skulls on it"
So, I built a rod that is totally evil and metal. It had to be all-black, of course, with no fancy decorative wraps. Rod: charcoal black. Thread: Black. Grips: Black. Guides: Blaack. Guess what color the winding check is? Yes, it's black. So is the hook-keeper and the butt. I found some industrial-looking black crosscut foam that looks like rebar. Mudhole provided a "wall of skulls" reel seat and 4 skull decals to frame the inscription. It's a dark graphite 7 foot medium-heavy blank, made a little heavier because I used black double-foot guides. Lots of them - it has 4 more guides than my store-bought rod of the same length. The butt is a full 15 inches.
I'm driving to the end of the Florida Keys on Friday, and will deliver the prize rod on the way. I'dve finished it earlier, but my house burned down and I have no workshop.