The 697-4 ONE will and has landed just about anything PS has to offer. It is powerful in the butt section, but sensitive in the tip. I have landed everything from 8" Cutthroat to 14lb Silvers with mine. It has performed flawlessly. Its Konnetic Technology feels stiff in the fly shop, but on the water it is a dream to cast. Anyone who bashes this rod just can't handle or afford ONE.