The TRS86MHF2 has a practical casting weight range from 1/4 oz through 1 oz. It seems to cast weights around 1/2-3/4 oz the best. For it's length and price, it's a long-distance cannon.
It balances better than the old 8'6" IM-7 Shimano Clarus steelhead rods, good enough with 10-16 oz reels that it can be casted one-handed with reasonably little strain. The handle doesn't need to be counterweighted for it to be effective with jigging presentations.
It bends mostly in the upper 24"-30" of the blank, has serious backbone through the midsection and basically no flex near the handle. This makes it appropriate for most artificial presentations but too stiff for many natural bait techniques. All the components and workmanship were flawless.
This rod has only average sensitivity, but it's still good enough for most lure fishing within its casting weight range. I also haven't used this rod long enough to say if it's very durable. That's why I can only give it 4 stars.
Pros: Good value for the price, Accurate Casting, Easy To Transport, Wide casting weight range, Versatile MF action, Lightweight, Good Tip Action, Good balance for long rod
Best Uses: Pier Fishing, River Fishing, Casting Lures, Shore fishing
Would you recommend this product? Yes