For similar niche I decided to build the Sage 10wt 4-pc VPS (formerly known as the RPL). It's not a 9'er but it does cast with a feel like many other brands' 9wts and will break down for travel. It's not too much for bonefish, not too little for baby tarpon, and great for stripers and blues. They don't make the 9wt in this series in this style.
I had the same thought about how well it would come out, but working with our sponsor Rod Builder's Workshop I am confident it will look su-weet. The handle is on and it looks great, now onto the guides and wraps this winter.
I've cast the rod in it's factory version at the shop, very nice. It was more expensive than some of the others but less expensive than the finished rod off the shelf. Plus I could pay for the parts as I had more change to spend if I needed to.
I think in the end it's about the pride of putting one together.