Rod is a dream!!! All titanium guides and real seat. Diamond Back Blank... 14ft for 8-9wt. Just bought a Bill Ballan Large Arbor reel for it. After a long string of foul language and a minor nervous breakdown I thought I was going to cry.
Will start the cutting of the guides tonight. Say a little prayer that I can undue the mess.
Thanks for all those who shared their wisdom on the matter.