My hope is to see how this rod likes fish. I tried a few new things on this rod. First, I colored this rod by using Potassium Permanganate. It gives it a nice dark hue. I tried a few different thread color schemes, and ended up with this one. It was exactly what I was goin for. Second, I dipped this rod is Marine Spar Varnish. This was something I was a little hesitant to try. All previous rods I just finished with oil. I am glad I tried this new method of finishing my rods. It was a pretty easy method to get such good results. It is an 8' 5wt. Bamboo ferrules and Buckeye Burl reelseat.