Of the major makers, T&T has been accomodating, but some simply refuse. With so many rod choices available these days, its almost helpful when a maker refuses to do even a modicum of custom work on a $500-$800 rod. A cookie-cutter approach to spey grips has re-routed 2 of my planned purchases to equally suited rods.
The cork connects me to the rod, like shoes to the ground.
that i'm forced to cover more `water',since we hardly have any flowing in the Rogue basin here,for less fish,the `average'? fisherman has no idea about the two-handers i use when i'm `bumming around' and i have to tell them whatever to get them back on their journey and away from me,that's what struck me as i drove away last evening to the next dry run;my explanation was confusing to the man i'm sure,,dirty lowholin' rat!!,,any place you can't see the bottom of the river is at a premium right now,i'm back on the 18's and have found that even with hardly any water,they still aid me tremendously in searching
Need the rod to make me say, "WOW" when I pick it up and work a line out. Other expletives are optional, but WOW is a must. I won't buy a 3 piece rod, especially a spey rod. They just aren't practical. I don't give a hoot what it looks like or who makes it. The rod also must be the best rod for performing the specialized task which I have in mind for it.
The only time I get too worked up about componets is when they enhance or hinder the performance of the rod. Recoil guides are a good example. Several of my friends have Winston BIIX rods and each of them has complained about the guides catching the line when a fish is on and that they make noise when they cast. That really cuts into the "Wow" factor...
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