Here are a couple of pics from a customer who was visiting the Madison River last week. The pics are of an 8'1" 3/4 weight. One thing you might notice on the rod is the varnish on the flat side of the grip. What happens is when you varnish next to cork, it tends to soak up the varnish. What most builders do is then sand the cork to give it a cleaner look. I personally think it gives it more of a unique look. One might say its an artist's touch. However, I do sand it off if the customer requests it.