Here’s my second version of a center axis rod, but in bamboo. 6’ one piece, single foot guides, cork grip made from scraps and a donor Martin 60 reel. Too dang cold to lawn cast it today.....but I’ll start with a 4wt Sylk. Fairly stiff fast action.
I’ve caught fish on the first one....doesn’t feel any different from other bamboo rods. I just finished the Martin reel rod, too much snow to even lawn (?) cast it. They’re just bamboo rods with a reel attached differently. The majority of trout are stripped in, so the reel holds the line.
I saw this post arrive on Friday but never clicked until today. If I were to chose I'd take rod #1 over the Martin model. I think I mentioned on your first post here that had a picture of that #1 Center Axis rod how I'd never seen anything like it before. Your craftsmanship is in a class of it's own and I think you should post more