Overall experience dealing with Swift Fly Fishing Co has been excellent. This is now my third Epic glass fly rod build . First purchase was a blank only and the next two purchases were rod building kits. The rod building kits were supplied with very precise instructions which made the whole process very simple and enjoyable. The first two blanks were sent very quickly whereas the third blank was a bit slow being sent but the actual shipping time was very good. Some of the feet on the snake guides needed re filing but this was not a big issue. The Epic metal reel seat holds all of my reels very securely. The other Epic reel seat with the fibreglass insert is also excellent however I placed masking tape shims under the insert which show through the glass insert. This is also not a big deal but wish had realised before glueing. As already stated, the instructions that come with the kits are excellent. The only thing that it didn’t cover was how to do the very thin trim wraps like on the factory builds. And yes, I would buy another Epic blank.