I used this for the first time in the last couple of weeks whilst in Norway. I required a 12ft plus rod, with the capability to stick a shad up to 120g further than the average spinning rod. I was a bit concerned I'd be losing sensitivity in the tip that a conventional spinning rod provides, but my fears were put to rest - I could feel every twitch of the tail from a 40g shad all the way up to a 150g! The extra distance this rod got me enabled me to get into the shoals of Cod that were out of reach of my fellow anglers with standard 10ft spinning rods, such as Tenryus, Shimano's and Savage Gear models. Also, the extra length enabled me to navigate the rocky causeway I had to guide the fish back in through. The rod performed exceptionally for my requirements, paired with an 8000 size Saragosa SW spinning reel. I can't wait to use it again.