It's always flattering when someone in the business appreciates your work. These two builds came to happen thanks to the guys at Blue Halo. Jory Ward asked me in October if I was interested in doing two feature rods on their new blanks. He sent me one each, and here is the result. These are much lighter than the first generation of Blue Halo blanks. The midge rod is a 7'6'', 3/4wt rod, very full flexing, reminding me of a typical Japanese Yamame rod. The other one is a 8', 4/5 taper placing itself right in the sweet spot where fiberglass really shines. More back bone than the 3/4wt, but without losing its nice progressive action. Both rods are appointed in a similar style with Snake Brand dark nickel guides, Yli silk thread, tiny Ritz grips and rubber butt plate. If you are looking for a winter project, don't hesitate, contact the guys at Blue Halo and place an order. These blanks make really nice trout rods!