I have been fishing the 11'4" #3 all summer on cutthroat streams in N ID. Gene told me that the 270gr spey lite was a good match so started with that and have not looked back. Also using a 10' airflo poly. Cannot say enough about the rod, it is perfect for what I wanted it for and 12 to 16" cutthroat give it a nice bend. Very easy to cast and capable of more distance than I will ever need on the rivers I fish. . It has been my favorite rod all summer.