Having a hankering for an 8' #5 fibreglass rod I decided to build one rather than buy one off the shelf.
Buying the components wasn't cheap but it was very satisfying, and a whole lot better value than buying a rod of similar quality. I built it on an Epic 580 Fastglass blank (colour Salsa). I whipped a couple of guides with white silk for a totally transparent look but decided I wanted a little more colour, but still keep a translucent effect to the whipped guides, so settled on Fishhawk Goldenrod thread and combined this with a couple of turns of metallic black to pick out the ferrules. Snake brand guides were used as the guide feet are visible, and proper Snake guides are exceptionally good quality. The fishtail shaped grip is made from Flor grade cork and the nickel silver reel seat has a myrtle wood inset.
I'm pleased with the end result and delighted with how the rod performs. It has a wonderful smooth through action but with a surprisingly fast recovery. It casts beautifully and is a dream to fish with.