The E X P L O R E R selection has been created as a less expensive, opening option that has all the quality and casting capability of far more expensive fly rods. The action is fast yet very forgiving for a beginning caster. At the same time I really enjoy casting these rods and have a very hard time discerning any difference. When you then add the quality burl and natural cork with the African Blackwood hand turned butt cap you have a fly rod that looks and feels custom craft. That is because it is Custom Crafted.