Hey guys I've been fishing for quite some time now and I want to get into rod building. I was planning on getting into it little by little because I have little money. I wanted to make 2 rods by hand, no lathe or anything, and was looking at some blanks. Just a few questions. I plan on putting a TLD25s and 50s on these rods, built for stand up on tuna and sharks off the Maine coast. What exactly are "fast tapor" rods? Is a tuna "short" blank made to have an aluminum butt stuck on the end? If I get a 6' rod, I slide the grips and reel seat over the blank correct? How come some rods like the Pacific Bay PBX XST60XHB 6' is $26 and some Seeker and other brand 6' rods are $126? Any info, knowledge or experience is greatly appreciated.