Here's what I throw, custom made light and schweeeeet! Got a spiral guide, I reel lefty. This thing rocks. I've busted up Shimanos, haven't used a St Croix, threw my elbow out usin it, it can send a SB along ways. 2oz. That's Kurtis's former rod in the pic too, my seats a little longer, they were both built same time.
Blank: Phenix USB-711ML-B $139.00 tip 5.5
Tip top: TMNST6(5.5) 13.99
Stripper guide: TLCSG8 13.29
Transition guide 1: TLSG7j 5.04
Transition guide 2: TLSG6j 4.54
Running guides: TLSG5.5j running guides 4.54 x8 $36.32
Cork rings: 2.50 per 1/2 inch x 18 $45
reel seat: Fuji ECSM 3.34
Winding checks, hook keeper, adhesive, thread, guide finish, consumables....etc $25
split shipping cost $10
labor $85 ($75 standard, $10 for custom seat and handle work)
$380.52 for the total.