Well the wait is finally over. My new cane rod from walter babb came in today. It is a 7' 9" 5wt parabolic taper. It is flamed and has blued hardware. Blue slide ring reel seat. This thing cast a 65' cast but will paint a 20'cast on the water for smoky dry flies. I only wish i could post pics on here and will try again to do so. I urge anyone who has not been by walters and cast his rods to do so. moderately priced and excellent craftsmanship. This makes my second for him to build and thinking on ordering 2 more. If you ever thought about a bamboo rod take time to see walter.