I did! I also commented on the post above (talking about grips?). But these aren't too bad...my hand fits on them. And for what I was after, this rod suited. I am going to change my grip to suit as well. Currently I have 2 fingers to the front, and 2 fingers to the back of the reel stem. Am going to try 3 to the front. Biggest issue so far is I just want to get out and start using this new stuff. Stuff i have tried so far (after having it for a while before using) is brilliant. The Alderbaran will get a run soon after all this time sitting idle waiting for me to get motivated. cheers Team Bender Going to pull the finger out!