Finally had a chance to cast the rod today. First was the 9/10 long delta which felt like a shooting head on this rod, absolutely effortless casting and could turn out to be a great tipps line for this rod. Next line was the 8/9 xlt on the home casting pond in a more controlled enviroment, and thats when I realized what a powerful rod this is. People who like the faster rod s will love this rod, but its still got that sweet feel like the salar has. It will cast the 8/9 xlt in full with incredible line speed and I think it will be a great dry line for that rod. Tried the 8/9 grandspey and felt it was getting on the verge of overload at 90', not as sweet as the xlt. hoping to get out and fish the 7/8 grand with a tip tommorrow. Another great rod in the true 9/10 category, could be one of the best 9/10 14ft rods i have ever cast. Thanks Jack for chance to give this rod the workout.