Here comes a recently finished build on a customer blank. The rod is a Thomas&Thomas Solar 9', 5wt. This is a graphite rod with unsanded charcoal finish and a very fast action. The appointments were decided in dialogue with the customer, and feature a NOS Struble U8 reel seat leading over in a moderate Ritz grip. The guides were wrapped in black silk with trim bands in CP orange and dark silver. I rarely use more than two colors on my rods, and it took a while to find the silent and distinguished look I aim for. The orange length marks on the butt section made the rod pop, and I'm very happy with the outcome.