I'm actually looking at the Echo Edge 84 in a 6 weight. It is 8'4" and I would primarily use it as a creek rod for smallmouth. I stuck an Echo Ion 6/7 reel on one the other day at Cabela"s and really like the feel. Seemed very balanced. I have not cast one but that has been the case with the several of my rods. I'll probably getit one day this week, get it lined up, and do some lawn casting. I'll let you know what i think afterwards. My bigest question is what line I'm going to put on it, I'm leaning towards SA Bass Bug taper right now.