My friend just bought one of these rods and he let me try it out the other day. That rod is AMAZING. I was able to feel ever tick and nudge of anything on the bottom(yep that was a rock, and that was a pebble, and that felt like my lure I lost, and yep I can tell dinner is swimmin near by). This was all with a 1/16 oz. jighead, and the wind was blowing too. The rods are made on an IM-9 graphite blank. I'm just going to have to get one now, just have to figure out a way to convince the wife I NEED another rod. If anyone else has tried these rods I'd like to hear what you think.