Yea...those BVK rods are awesome. To me, you get the blank quality of a Sage One, NRX, S4, or whatever other top quality rod you can think of, but you get the build quality and components of a $150 rod. I dont mean that as a knock at all because essentially as a fishing tool the rod is amongst the very best in the industry. I have a 8 weight and while the grip is of very low quality cork and ugly and the guides are cheap the rod is simply the best 8 weight i have ever fished...and i have fished them all. I have honestly considered many times if vanity has kept me from replacing my other rods with BVKs i like them that much. I was considering at one point getting the 3 weight and overloading it with a 5dt for small stream brookies...i still might!