Birthday Behavior!

My birthday is in a few days and as a gift from my favorite wife (LOL!) I attended a 1.5-day rod building class hosted by Mudhole.  I had NO clue what to expect!  Click here to check out my excitement in this video before the class started. 

In day 1 of the class, I built my first custom rod!! The experience was fun – some parts frustrating but with practice I know I will get this down!  The instructors were all very patient.  I found a new hobby and potentially a new side hustle.  I am excited about repairing some of my older rods.  Click here to check out my wrap up video of the experience and a picture of the final product. 

If you could design your own rod, what components (color, length, etc) would you include?