I had this rod made by BigDaddy Rods. I wanted an Ultralight that had some back bone as my 7'6" ul that I have was too slow of an action for my liking causing problems on getting solid hookups a lot of times. This is a 7' ul 2 piece that I had built just for the reel. The reel is a Pflueger President XT 6725xt model. Both the rod and reel are works of art. I finally got a chance to use it this afternoon on some trout and it performed nicely. When I asked for back bone I got it! I broke 4# Trilene XT once while setting the hook so I swapped to 6# Trilene XT and broke off again and then again I broke off on a hook set this time breaking off on the mainline Fireline Crystal Braid 4#. I also bought a 11'6" crappie/trout ul rod that he had but I haven't had a chance to use it yet.