Here are a bunch of pics of some cat/sturgeon rods I've built - mostly within the last year. Most, if not all, of these are pics I haven't posted previously here.
The butt grip on my first rod ever - a Flathead winch and the only part of build that looks good enough to share...
A matched set of 3 Cord Grip on downrigger blanks from left to right - Large Sturgeon/Lighter Flathead, Sturgeon/Large Channels, Small Sturgeon/Channels/Burbot/etc. Cord looks goofy on these because I was running out of tuna cord and the company that makes it is indefinately backordered - so I had to spread it out rather than wrapping everything tight. I have some tarred seine line for Catfish Connection now so I'm going to re-do these when I get a chance.
One of my most recent - a Sturgeon Rod for buddy. First pic is a closeup of the grip before soaking in a little urethane for extra protection and the second is the finished grip
My prefered guide layout (simple spiral - aka bumper spiral) for baitcasting rods - shown under load testing
Reflective underwraps, the visibility is situation dependant but I've not found a better permanent option - a nice addition to LED lights, bells, clickers, or whatever else for bite detection and not stepping on rods laid on the ground..