Good to see you flying the NZ flag with your fine rod choice3lb 5oz beauty from one of the smaller Islay lochs. properly christened my CTS affinity X 5 wt in the process after 8 years!
If you go onto the CTS website to rod blanks, you can effectively create your own preferred action by using their selection tool to determine what flex each section has (you can also buy all their rods as blanks too, or have them custom build on your choice of blank).Well worth the wait. Fish was a real arm acher and just didn't know when to quit. Went for a size 12 Kate Maclaren. Extra special catch because I passed the rod over to my son who landed the fish. It was his first feel of a fish and "his best evening ever".
CTS blank was bought from guidesnblanks and I built it up myself. A fantastic rod with a lot of feel for what is a very fast action blank. Apparently the newer versions have exactly the same action but a much lower swing weight.
Yes hie still makes his rods from CTS blanks. The tapers are all his own, and he does do blank development work for other blank/rod manufacturers.I actually picked up a bargain CTS Affinity DQ 13ft 8/9 blank a couple of months ago on eBay. Personally, I don’t like the aesthetics of the Meiser rods. My understanding is the the Affinity DQ blanks were codeveloped with Bob Meiser but the blanks he uses are proprietary tapers made by CTS. There probably isn’t much difference. He must source his blanks from
elsewhere these days though because CTS no longer make blanks for third parties. He may get special treatment though.