Our fly rod design team has really utilized all aspects of our 5/D technology to produce these rods. The mission was to make a fly rod that would reflect the best values and components of all top of the line fly rods, yet be affordable. What are the best qualities in a top of the line fly rod? Light weight, crisp tapers that make rods a pleasure to cast, even for beginners and the use of top of the line components and thread wraps that truly reflect the pride of American workmanship. Our chosen reel seat is a Channel Lock TICH coated machined aluminum seat that sets us apart from all the Woody seats or graphite seats traditionally used on fly rods. It is the most functional reel seat we could find because the channel fits and centers all reels, and the keyed sliding hood is attached to the lock nut so it pulls the hood of the reel foot when removing the reel. SIC stripper guides and single foot TICH coated fly guides are used to increase performance. All rods come with a Cordura nylon rod case.