This quest has taken on a life of its own. Ask any rod builder if they have ever built the perfect rod and I am willing to bet the answer is no. Well……. if they are completely honest with themselves, the answer should be no.
Even though customers and friends say they love a rod and claim it is perfect any custom builder will always be able to find a flaw, no matter how tiny, in any rod they built. Be it a thread wrap that wasn't packed completely, a speck of dust in the finish or any one of a hundred other reasons, to the builder there will be a flaw. Hence "The Quest" to build the perfect rod.
"The Quest" has turned rod building into an obsession for some of us. Fortunately it isn't a negative obsession. By feeding off the obsession, a builder will push harder to create the perfect rod every time they tackle a build. This obsession is a win-win for everybody involved. The customer gets a better product and the builder a sense of satisfaction with putting out the best product they can.
Personally, "The Quest" should keep me building rods for many years to come.
Until next time my friends,