I really like my Winston 7133 and 8136 BIIIx TH rods!! I also own the 11' BIIx Switch rod, and I now relegate it to trout fishing, as fighting anything over about a 25" steelhead bends that thing to the cork!! I've also broke the 11 footer twice. No such problems with the BIIIX rods.I have the BIII-TH 6126, and this rod rocks! Throws everything! I like a 450gr Skagit/425gr Scandi, but I can cast everything up to 510gr easily. One of the few rods I have owned that is not too picky on line wt. It almost makes me want to sell the rest of my rods and replace them with Winston BIII-th's!!!