I've had this rod for just about a year now. In that time I have lost 80% of my steelhead. I'm not doing anything different playing these fish but I still manage to lose them, which makes me look at the tools. Shortly after purchasing this rod I had a local guide tell me he had used the same rod and found it was too soft, which can make slack while playing a fish. I thought nothing of it, until now. Maybe he's right?or it's just not the rod for me? If any one has hands on experience with this rod, I would appreciate some input.