So I had never fly fished before, but living so close to some world class rivers provoked me to take it up. I grabbed this guy in the 4 weight, 8 foot option. It came basically ready to go. Just pop the rod together, tie on a fly and start fishing. I've only used a few rods so I can't do a comparison, but for the price I was please with it. It's super light, feels comfortable in my hand and I've caught fish with it. Can't ask for much more than that.