I thought the rod was rock star. For the price, ($200 for the rod alone), I thought it was an exceptional all-around performer. It's a nicely balanced rod, with an action I'd describe as "crisp," without sacrificing feeling. How does that translate to casting? Foremost, I thought it was very delicate with dry flies, and it loaded nicely at ranges as little as 15 feet. But it also had some spine, and when challenged to toss big hoppers into a wind at, say, 50-60 feet, I was able to do so. I thought the roll cast action was better than average. What impressed me most was the "steering." It's a very true rod, meaning, when your mechanics are right, and you're looking through your casting thumbnail, you find yourself thinking about aiming your casts less, and instead "willing" your shots into the strike zone. I don't like rods that make you think a lot.