Sarasota, Florida, year round.
I bought this rod for tough salt water use, especially from a boat. It's called a "Lite" model, but it's still a little heavy in the hand compared to my higher priced graphite rods but it's an easy caster with a decent, progressive action. it's a really tough, deep bending fly rod. It casts best with a 7 or 8 weight line. I think a 6 weight is too light for it. It will be a bit tiring to cast after several hours compared to lighter rods, but for the price and toughness of its construction, it will serve its purpose well. I think it will handle hard fighting fish just fine. It's a good knock-around flyrod for heavy inshore use. It could use a couple of more line guides, but the ones it has are large diameter, and the rod shoots line pretty well. For [$], I could not build one as heavy duty. It is well finished, and I was surprised to find that it is built on the spine. Whether or not that was by chance,I don't know, but the guides on mine are aligned perfectly with the rod's spine. If you are looking for a super tough fly rod for hard fighting fish up to 15-20 pounds or so, take a look at this one. For the money, I don't think you will go wrong. It's also offered in a 10 weight version, and that one should handle just about anything I would care to hook on a fly rod, even tarpon. Typical Ugly Stick toughness. B.Anderson, Sarasota, Florida
Pros: Flexible, Accurate Casting, Sensitive, Durable
Cons: Not real light
Best Uses: Hard fighting fish, River Fishing, Fly Fishing, Ocean Fishing, Large Fish
Would you recommend this product? Yes