Gents, thanks for the kind words. It is appreciated. Grouse, glad you enjoyed reading that stuff.
Cy, I think Paul would be pretty proud
Tim, thanks for the kind works. That means a lot coming from one of the best bamboo rod builders I have meet. You are very kind.
Aurelio, I think it might depend on the model of HMG you might be referencing. They made a 6’4” 4 weight that was a neat little rod with a softer butt. But generally speaking, I would say that our 904 is softer than the HMGs that I have seen. The L is much softer than our regular 904.
Jay, I know the 3 piece gets in your crawl a bit, but we did not want to compromise the action for another ferrule. When we first started, we were going with a 2 piece but we thought well if we were going to try to sell a few, who the heck would want a 2 piece rod. We went with the 3 piece, and it was a challenge with that extra ferrule especially since they are softer rods. We did some special things to get a smooth transition around the ferrule areas, but it added about 25% to the cost of the blank. But I don’t think your should have any trouble with carrying on a 3 piece rod. I would suggest never packing it in your luggage as the insurance reimbursements from the airlines is pretty low if it’s stolen or lost by them. Doug carried on 12 rods when he went to the Bahamas this year. I thought it was excessive, but that’s Doug. I have no issues either in my travels.
Bob, you are too gracious, and we have appreciated your help in the process. We could have not done it without you.