Right off the bat was the outstanding service. Once I ordered the blank and paid, I received an e-mail 15 minutes saying that the blank had shipped. No, really, I'm not kidding..... 15 minutes. The blank showed up in the next day or so.
Out of the box impression:
Can't really tell if it suppose to be a sanded or unsanded blank. It wasn't baby's butt smooth nor was it the typical feel of an unsanded blank like a Steffen Bros. blank. I usually don't wave a blank around like a magic wand until I have the ferrules wrapped. I do put them together and do a easy wave. Doing so with the Blue Halo it immediately remined me of the feel of the Lamiglass Honey colored blanks. That is to say a slow parabolic taper into the butt.
Blank: Blue Halo fiberglass 3 wt, 7'6", 3 piece, Cappuccino colored.
Seat Hardware: Lemke LC1, nickel plated, up-locking
Seat Insert: Splated Hackberry, stablized, turned in-house
Handle: Modified full-wells, turned in-house
Stripping Guide: #8mm Amber banded Agate
Hardware: Snake Brand Universal guides, tip-top, & winding check
Wraps: Persall's Gossamer silk, Antique Gold with two turn Jave trim wraps.
Lined up the rod with a 3 wt. line and gave her a go. The rod is very, very slow. As in my Bamboo rods are quite a bit "quicker". The Epic rods would seem like a fast action graphite compared to the Blue Halo. Is that a bad thing? No, it is just an observation on the action. The Blue Halo was very accurate in the 15' to 25' range. I felt with the light wind, that was present, I really had to work hard to push it any further without collapsing the rod. But, you have to remember two things: 1) I am not a great caster and 2) a 3 weight, 7'6" glass rod isn't designed to bomb long range cast.
The Blue Halo 3 wt. will fill a nitch for somebody who wants a budget custom fiberglass rod for tossing dry flies in small streams. Is it in the Epic fiberglass class? No, but it isn't intended to be. You definately have to slow down your casting stroke. From the start of your casting stroke to the end nothing can be done fast. No harsh start and no harsh stops.
Until next time my friends,