This is my first rod and first attempt to build a spey rod. I found the blank for 80 bucks and components went to another 120. For an inexpensive intro to both casting and building, I figure that was a good combination. The next rod after I "learn"
will be a shorter 7 wt something or other. Has anyone ever mixed guide brands? Does it matter? Do more guides hinder or help casting. Any builders out there prefer the soft side or the opposite side of the spline for the guides?