You and another customer are the only two people I know who rub the thread with the last haul.
He has actually lost guides. I re-built the rod twice.
You guys must throw a wicked fast line.
The Affinity-X is a very fast rod - but the FSA is more powerful.
I started playing with that custom model when I wanted to develop my trout blank business. So I had CTS build me 3 stock blanks - Affinity-X in a #4 and an Affinity-MX in a #5 and an Affinity-M in a #5.
I also had them build me 2 custom blanks - one of them was the FSA in a #5.
When I wiggled it I knew it was not a trout blank.
It stayed in my rack until I decided to compare the flex-test vs the #6 Affinity-X. It was not as fast - but it was more powerful.
I built it and ultimately gave it to a buddy who fishes it for SMB with a #7 line.
So I had CTS build me a #6, #7, #8 and a #9.
The #9 is my favorite on the cape with a #11 Wulff bermuda Tri SHORT floater. The #8 is a close second with a Wulff #10. I can go up to a #12 with the #9 and a #11 with the #8 if I chose.
They do not have a design for a #10 - so I am paying them $170 U.S. dollars (plus the cost of the blank) to design the #10 for me to use with the #12 Wulff