Hey Stonefish I dont know what it is about the TiCrX but wow the first time I picked it up I really like how stiff it is. I work my arm/shoulder less with the stiffer rod. I like that, Ive dislocated my casting shoulder too many times in my younger age and it can really start aching after a few hours of casting into a killer head wind. I cant imagine what an Airflo 40+ extreme distance line would do on it. I can cast a crappy Cabelas wt line a good ways.