rod was intended for a customer, but last minute sanding revealed some
cane discoloration due to water marks in the butt section. Though
water marks are only a cosmetic problem, I could not sell this as a
top-end rod. Someone will get a bargain on this rod because of
the water marks. It's wrapped Chinese red, tipped mint green
and uses a Mildrum style stripping guide rather than an agate.
The reel seat is a pocketed cap and ring made by a friend of mine with
a light colored ash burl filler.
Some of the cosmetic problems with watermarks are pictured below.