Sometimes **** just pops into my head, I'll be driving, listening to whatever music suits the day as loud as I can make it. The other day I got to thinking about rodbuilding. I've built a bunch of rods, not a million, but quite a few. I can't even remember how long it's been somewhere between 6-8 years or so. It all started with a 7'6" 4wt as it's way harder to find those sizes for sale in any reasonable price range for a guy who fished with $30 ugly sticks before. Still have that stick, it's caught maybe a dozen fish in its lifetime. Thanks to some guys who frequent this forum, I had a playground of fishing rods to fix/upgrade/modify and learn the craft on. And so it went for a number of years. Order blanks, build rods, sell rods cheap, build more rods, sell those cheap, buy better reels, build skills, etc....Not much in the rod world has changed too much, mostly marketing. Graphites are the same, maybe some new resin comes out, but they all say the same thing on the package. LIghter, faster, stronger, more sensitive. Price points walk the scale and a bad batch of rods will gain any company a bad rap in a quick minute, reputation is everything. I've taught a good dozen folks how to build rods, one of them took it all the way into being in business and as far as I can tell, dude's killin' it. I still recommend to anyone and everyone that they need to learn how to build rods, it's about like tying flies. It's a skill that you can develop, but is not hard to learn. It's a pretty awesome feeling to catch fish on a rod you built.