Built this for a friend to give as a gift. Cabalas PT+ 9' 5wt blank (made by St. Croix) H&H stripper guides, snake guides and tip top Struble flor grade grip Struble N/S winding check Alps N/S reel seat with a teak Struble insert olive Prowrap thread (no cp) with gold trim Feather inlay Turned out nice. I did get a little wave over the feather inlay, but still looks nice. This is a medium action blank and very smooth. It just seems easy to cast and you can feel the rod load. So for a beginner I think this will be a good rod.