I was on here about 9 months ago asking advice on how to get started on building my first graphite rod. Well, I got really busy with work, moving, and then starting a new job, but now, I have the parts and have begun building my rod. I am using 9ft 8wt TFO TiCrX blanks to make a rod suitable for steelhead and salmon fishing. I am trying to shape my own handle and glued together the cork rings yesterday. We'll see how the shaping goes today. I'll try to post pictures when I finish the rod.