RE:Building a Fly Rod
Start with Smitty. The Rod builder's workshop in Kingston MA is the home of one of the most ornery, nasty, to-the-point curmudgeons on the atlantic seaboard - but don't tell him I said that!
Seriously, Smitty has been building rods for as long as some of us have been out of diapers and he is a master.
Call him at 781 582-1015 or better yet, a bunch of us should meet down there to sniff glue (rod building joke).
I am also thinking about this as a winter project.