It is a beauty! I want to build a 2 wt in 6' to 6' 6" length this spring, and like that one, mine will be a pack rod. If mine turns out half as well as that one, or the rods that Kevin and some of the other guys who post here build, I will be really happy.
Mine will use snake guides, however, for the sole reason that I like the look of the traditional guides. I do know that the single foot ceramic guides can perform better, but with my casting better guides will do little to help. (My casting is pretty much beyond help.)
At any rate, very nice!