Thanks for everyone’s comments so far. When I say no imports, I guess it does come across as despairing toward them, but that not’s totally what I intended.
I guess I should say that I don’t want a rod that has been finished out in China. I do not want to pay for the finish out level that comes along with these rods. With the price some of these import rods go for, you are not far from the price of some of the US builder’s base models for finished rods. I tend to be a bit picky if I’m going to pay someone else to finish out a rod for me and I’m really looking at a limited set of suppliers that can provide a true micro trout-spey taper in the 250-300 grain size at 11’ to 11.5’ in length.
I have no issues with blanks that are made in New Zealand (CTS) for they are excellent quality, Japanese makers are excellent and the South Korean factory that makes all of TFO
’s stuff does a great job. Their engineer really does a great job and is a nice guy. The TFO
11’ 4wt is a bit too strong for what I’m looking for, I would think of it more as a light 5wt and I think that the 12’6” 4/5 Deer Creek is just too long for me and the waters I fish for a 3/4wt class rod.
I’m inclined to want to build out the rod myself, thus the original question about the 11 and 11’7” 3/4wts from Bob. I’ve got the really small stuff covered with a 10’ 200-230 grain rod and have the 5wt with a 12+ 5wt, thus wanting to find something in the 11-11.5ft 280grain range for most of my normal trout waters. I may still just order a completed rod, just trying to figure this out.
I really do appreciate everyone’s help and comments.
Please keep them coming and thanks,