It is a fine rod provided you don't plan on using one of the long or extended-belly lines on it. Handles short- and mid-belly 8/9 spey lines very well. The long-belly lines expose the flat spot in the rod's mid-section. And this less powerful, softer mid-section that causes this is why I don't own the rod. The T&T 1409 is a much better casting rod than the 1509 because it has a stronger, faster mid-section.
Also I don't consider this to be a big gun rod. That would be the T&T 1510 (either 3 or 5 piece). A rod that doesn't have the flat spot under large loads of long-belly lines. I use mine with a GrandSpey 8/9 for summer fish on larger rivers.
For a truly big gun, look at the T&T 1511 or 1611. These are problably way too big for what you are looking for though I love my 1611 for winter steelhead and chum.
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