We have used some MH blanks for our local chapter of Project Healing Waters builds. They are very nice blanks, especially for the money. Very similar to the TFO rods I have. I have finished a 8 wt for salt water, but haven't had a chance to use it yet. In trying to find a more moderate action, I just got a couple of Bloke finished rods, and like them a lot. You can look at Bloke Rods and blanks on-line. They are very popular in Europe. Can't wait for some better weather to try them out. Good Luck with your build.