So I picked this rod up with a cortland crown 2 reel from my local hawk for $50. It was in really good condition with a few scratches to the finish, but nothing major and no damage. If it weren't for the finish scratches it would look new. Not sure how I feel about this rod at this point. I have an echo solo and that is the most experience I have with Rods. The Echo solo I have is a 6wt fast action. There is a HUGE difference in the action of these two rods. I believe the cortland is a medium to slow action. It is amazing how that feels. The echo is the easier cast, the cortland is a smoother cast. using the same lines I can get almost the same distance with the solo going just a bit further and the corltand requiring more effort. The echo picks up the line with little effort the cortland is a little more sluggish. At this point I am tempted to Craigs this rod because I am pretty sure I can recoup or gain on this rod. I am thinking I prefer a medium to fast action rod overall. Any thoughts on slower action rods? Any benefits to using one?