My dad is a long time experienced fly fisherman. Since I have someone to teach me this nice sport, I bought a fly rod. Got it on sale just before old good Le Baron in Markham closed for good....... I think this is a perfect fly rod for daily trips catching 2-4lbs. I mainly bought it as I don't want to learn on Hardy goodies that my dad gave me. The rimfly reel is from the 70s. I like the set up. I find the rod forging when I make mistakes.