Now for rods in a smaller weight an all cork seat and grip is not a problem, but on a heavier rods your options really becomes limited. I decided to do a Ritz grip with a dual purpose cork seat. I did an oval seat because I don't like the mortised look you get on some rods. The dual purpose seat enables you to balance your reel perfectly by either having it in up locking or down locking configuration.
MHX 10ft 5wt
Blank: MHX 1054 in Slate Grey
Thread: Black and Metallic Green
Grip: Ritz Grip
Dual Purpose Reelseat : Cork with Anodized Black Aluminium Sliding band and hoods.
Guides : Fuji BMNAG Strippers and Black Snakes and Tip Top
I am not a big fan of 10ft rods, but this one was special. It casts out a full fly line with no effort at all.