Well, still pursuing this rod building thing, and so far every rod is another test and contains a rather steep learning curve, not sure why but I keep wanting to try new things so I do! Some observations: *I continue to realize that patience isn't my biggest trait. I knew that but I keep being reminded (4 kids will remind you of your lack of patience). *Being a welder/fabricator I thought I had steady hands, applying epoxy and getting that perfect application has been challenging. I'm sure there are some techniques I could be applying that I have yet to learn. *Getting my wraps to all be equal, challenging, maybe I should plan more and be less spontaneous, equally spacing my guide wraps on both sides. Counting my turns might help. *Trying new things is fun, but hard, but fun, but worth the result in the end....or not and then requires a massive redo. *Need to figure out how to get clean wraps, no fuzzy tags left, sometimes I get it right, other times I want to choke someone. Batson RX7 9' 5wt Supergrade cork grip with composite accents Guide wraps: PacBay Nylon size A black and gray, side by side. Metallic Royal Blue accent wraps Measuring wraps at 18" and 24" (the top of my grip is about 12") Anyhow, here a few shots of my 3rd rod. Trying some new things and new techniques I know this is not traditional fly rod bling, but I'm having fun trying out new stuff and, well, part of the reason I'm getting into rod building is because I can do what I want...I'm not bound by rules.