Mark, has been making blanks for many, many years. Steffen rods are not the most expensive, but, again IMHO, they are as fine as any glass rods made. I own three of them. Steffen Brothers Fly Rods, IMHO, makes the finest glass rods available. They buy proprietary fiberglass cloth, of course, but then they roll their own blanks on their own in-house mandrels. They are as fine as glass rods made. I own three of them."