Re: New Member of the Fiberglass club!
Welcome to the club, Cliff ... You will do well by shortening the length of the beast down to between 6 and 7-feet. (Nothing wrong in a staggered length).
If you send me your regular email address, I'll send you a copy of our rod building book in PDF format.
When you have done done it to it, as they say, I'll bet the jewel is just that -- a jewel of a casting rod.