Make of the title what you will. Sandy Claws was kind enough to bestow upon me a fine 7'6" 3wt Blue Halo glass rod blank for Christmas this year. Not the 3wt, but a sky blue build seen on Fiberglass Manifesto: I've built a few rods (though it's been some years since my last), but all my previous builds have been from kits. I didn't have to put any thought into components. For this project I want to pick and choose the parts and I'm looking for suggestions. Basically what I have come up with so far is that I want to pick up an agate stripping guide from J.E. Arguello, probably the blue one. I've seen plenty of recommendations here and elsewhere for Snake Brand guides, I'm guessing the universal ones are the way to go. I'm thinking black nickel. For no other reason than I've not owned one before, I was thinking about a cigar grip and a downlocking slide band reel seat. Any suggestions on where to look for that stuff? So many varieties of woods/colors, I don't know what would look nice on this light blue rod. Hoping for this look in the grip/seat: I have no idea on sizes needed for all this stuff, but I figure I'll email the various companies for their input when the time comes to start ordering. So what would you put on a rod build like this one?