Heres a slightly different suggestion. If my memory of eastern Nebraska is right Kearney is ~ 1 1/2 to 2 hrs west of you. why not give the store there a call to see if they have the finished rod so you can cast it and see if you like it.
I have to respond to your signature. While you may not have trout in Omaha you have the best steaks I've had anywhere. And I remember seeing a lot of areas where the rod your describing would be fun.