This is a very nice rod, super value for what it cost. The rod is beautifully constructed with strong IM-8 graphite blank, zircornium guides for braided line. This rod is almost a perfect all around rod for where I am fishing. I fish in the Texas Gulf coast, all salt water fishing, mainly wade fishing in the bay areas. I match the rod with an Okuma Salina SA45 spooled with 30lb power pro braided line. This rod is very light for its length, with powerful backbone. I can cast longer than any other rod I ever had. I cast live baits with one ounce sinker with little efforts. The rod is also light enough to cast a half ounce spoon with ease. I landed many big red fish and speckled trouts using this rod with no problem. I fished several times in Alaska water in the Kenai and Valdez areas, and have caught many sockeye, pink, and Chinook. I am sure this will be a great salmon fishing rod for the north. The only disappointment I have is the handle and the fighting butt which is unexpectedly cheap and not constructed with "Premium cork on fore and rear grips" as described in the Amazon sale page.