I love the look of this rod, your choice of dark nickle and the agate stripping guide matches the reel seat so well. I understand that the Epic blanks are made of "S" glass and are a little faster than Kabuto's "E" glass. I was a little reluctant to order a nude blank at first but placed an order with George (Tightloop) and have been waiting almost four months. Can't wait to try glass. It should be quite different from my Sages and Hardy rods. I like to hear how your Epic casts when you getting around to using it.