I would fish this set up proudly and know that it is every bit capable as rigs that cost three time it's price. The rod is made from the same high modulus carbon fabric as used in the most expensive fly rods and what our aerospace technologies demand. We construct these fly rods with the same high quality guides, nylon wrapping and cork grips as in all FlySpoke creations. Fly casting is a learned task that demands our brain to tell muscles what to do. I have been casting E X P L O R E R in the eight foot five weight and I can not express how good I feel about this offering. Crisp and responsive would sum up what you will feel.