The rod is simply great. Really the best I have ever casted, and I have had some other great Orvis rods and Leonard rods, as well. I've always liked casting, and if you do, too, you will not make a mistake purchasing this rod. It provides distance and accuracy in one package. You can feel the power as it loads, and if you're not in a rush, you can't get tighter lines than this rod can provide. I'm writing this to praise the rod, but I also want to praise the vendor, who carries all of the highest quality rods and paraphernalia that you could ever want. Shipping is a bonus that does not go unnoticed or unappreciated and is only superseded by the word "free."