This rod is smooth and can throw laser tight loops. However, unlike most fast rods these days the flies will actually land softly. It will also roll cast a two fly weighted indicator rig as far as you could ever need. Once its out there, this rod will stack mend like a champ. When you have a fish on it's soft tip will protect the lightest tippet, and the stiffer butt section has the power to turn a big fish. Simply put, this rod will do it all and would be a great addition to any arsenal.