I know you like the glass rods. It is interesting that Hardy brought the glass rods back for the US market. It's a mixture of glass and carbon. I think it's kind of funny that they priced it $25 less than the Diamondglass rod (finished, not a blank). I like casting these, but, I cannot own or fish a rod I didn't make myself. I'm going to build a 7' 4 weight Diamondglass for myself. I wonder if Cortland will give me the free fly line with mine!