It's also an "intuitive" rod, and those of you who have read me before, know that's a compliment. It's the kind of rod that minimizes the thought process as you factor where you want to cast, and where you actually drop the fly. You think it… and if you have a half-decent casting stroke, the fly goes there every time. Boom, boom, boom. It's almost a self-loading rod, but it helps (as usual) if you pick the line up with the tip pointed at or near the water surface. You need to generate line speed to make this one go, but with the proper lineup mechanics, the rod grabs and transposes the energy in the right way. You don't fight hiccups with this rod. Follow the basics, and it'll do what you ask it to do, consistently.