I also bought a kit from H&H last year and I love it. Its a 7' 6" 3 wt it came together just fine and its my favorite rod especially for gills and smaller trout streams. Anyways I always go over the guide feet one more time just in case there are some rough edges. You dont want to risk a guide digging into your rod over a period of time. My guides looked as though they were pre prepped but I did them again anyways. Just a note for the next one you do.