Amazing… I talked to Devin and Joe Goodspeed quite a bit before purchasing the 6wt. I am fishing for steelhead in southern Oregon and after my first 8lb on my 3 wt I realized I need a bigger rod hahah I caught three steelhead today (4-6lb) and one Coho (10lb) on Friday. This rod is amazing.. at first it felt so much different than my echo shadow 2 I didn’t know what to think after about 20 minutes I started to realized I’m feeling so much more than the echo (which is a great rod) two of the steelhead I caught I don’t think I would have gotten on the echo it was such a minor change in sighter and pressure that I set the hook and sure enough… Casting was effortless and so simple with 4.5mm point bead and 3.5 mm tag, it doesn’t seem as if I need to full load the rod to cast 30+feet. I feel so much more than just the bottom, from depth current changes to when my flies get contact. Fighting fish is awesome after using a light rod for them, when I put low side pressure just like Devin talks about in his videos, it just holds the fish with confidence. I won’t use my echo for steelhead again. For big river / big fish contact nymphing this rod is more than I could ask for .