I gave this 5 stars because it does work and you will catch fish. It however does not compare to a mid to higher end rod. With the price you can’t expect this will be a sage or Thomas and Thomas. I wanted to get into fly fishing but had experienced fly fishermen suggest get a cheap rod learn the basics and then decide. I used this rod for indicator fishing kinda of non traditionally. I used the indicator but used a tippet ring and tungsten nymphs and no split shot. I caught 2 trout first time out with no help in an area not stocked well. It took a few times out to get the basics down then improve each time out. After a month I was getting 50+ trout days. I since have switched to a mid level euro rod. A lot of people look like they are good with their higher end gear but I was out fishing them a lot them with this cheap rod and probably still can now that I have more experience. It’s an awesome sport and addicting. A bonus it comes with extra leaders, nippers, forceps, fly box and tippet to get you started. I will probably keep using it to actually panfish with now.