I gave my son a rainshadow blank and components for christmas and he's just getting around to building it. It has been years since I have built a rod, and I need to brush up on a couple of details. I know that you should end up with the length of the rod plus one = number of guides. I know you start with a spacing interval from the tip for the first guide (3", 4" or 5" - I can't remember) and increase the interval 1" per space. First question - what is the first spacing interval from the tip? Second question - how far should the first stripper guide be from the end of the grip? I know, the first should dictate the second, but I want to check myself. 9' 8 wt. Thanks for the help, gents.