We apologize in the delay of fulfillment. Our graphite supplier botched a few rods and we are getting it sorted our on our end. This is not the start we imagined, and will be evaluating our suppliers for future shipments. We are not happy about this at all, and will of course make all orders as fast as possible. Thank you for being patient with us, and rest assured that we would not ship you anything botched, because we believe a quality rod, is what fisherman deserve. Thank you, and I hope to see you on the water soon.