My brother picked up this rod as a backup rod. He has many nice rods and yet when we fish for winter runs he uses this rod. Fit and finish are nothing to brag about, but the rod can sling some serious string. I'm not in the market for a new rod, but I would seriously consider this one.
"A passion for steelhead is a hard ride. It is all consuming. God help the woman, man, or child who hopes to compete for some small claim to the passion in the angler so stricken." Bill McMillan, Forward- A Passion for Steelhead