Yesterday i tried the Beulah Platinum 12' 4" 8 wt. Went into this knowing next to nothing about the rod. It is light in the hand. I thought yhe grip was too small but i didn't notice it at all while casting. The build quality was better than most and it's not a bad looking rod. I was casting it with a ballistic vector at 570 grains. It cast effortlessly out to about 70 feet beyond that it cast ok with some effort but the tip starts to lag behind which requires more attention and power from the caster. The anchor must be right and the timing of the power application needed to be more precise. It maxed out at around 90 feet at least for good clean casts. All in all a pretty good rod..