I landed three big permit with my 9 weight in Mexico this last February and dozens of bonefish. The meridian was great at delivering flies in windy conditions and did so with great accuracy at 20 feet and 70 feet. I have always been a Scott fan as they are built to fish and not cast flies. What I mean is that most saltwater rods are nothing more than a big cannon but have no ability to load the rod and drop a heavily weighted fly delicately and accurately at the critical distance of 20-65 feet. This is where most flats fish are caught. The beauty of this stick is that it is quick and flexes at those short distances to deliver delicate shots to a very fussy fish. It amazingly still has plenty of guts to shoot out 80 feet ( which in my opinion is 40 feet into a stiff headwind). Great rod. I now own two at 9 and 10 weight and will be adding an 8 shortly. Way to go Scott for making a fishing rod and not a casting rod.