Thanks for the help. I finally got some sense and checked with the local shop I like to deal with. I found out that he can order Rainshadow blanks, which have a 4 pc 6'6" 2 wt moderate fast action blank. With St. Croix parts including a bird's-eye maple reel seat the whole thing will be ~95. It fits the budget and allows me to support and learn from my local shop.