My previous 14' Elite Tech Salmon & Steelhead casting rod that I ordered was perfect and exactly what I was looking for. Being the Elite Tech series, I thought I would try one of their spinning rods for whipping. Overall, the 9'-6" rod came nicely finished, but a section along the edge of cork handle next to the reel seat had a blemish/filler making it not evenly rounded and two of the guides required some tweeking, but all fixable. Hopefully, their quality control is typically more consistent. Still a great looking rod with a good feel. Should work well for my style of fishing.