Thanks guys. Bob, I agree with you that a short 3wt. needs to be able to cast well in close. I need to try a 4wt. line to slow down the action a bit and see what happens. I've built a few of these Kabuto blanks now and they are really cool, but they are on the faster side (for glass). I suppose they might be a great transitional rod for guys who typically only fish faster graphite and want to possibly transition into glass.