I have a 8' 8/9 Steffen that I'm building and have acquired one of Lemke's recessed thread reel seats with the built in fighting butts.

A fellow builder recommended that I saw off a portion of the butt section of the blank so that all of my sections would be the same length. I'm wondering if this is in fact necessary. Have any of you used this reel seat or a similar style? Have you altered the blank length?

Thanks for your help.