i discovered that the handle is still a bit to thick, so i'll be taking it down a little more. Of course i'll be adding about an inch of rubber cork for a butt end.
The next challenge will be guide placement; after that i can finish up and GO FISHING!
btw, i'm using a nikon coopic 5400 (its wide angle) on museum mode for low light conditions indoors and on a tripod.
tws - marc forrest