The TCX 7126 is my primary steelhead rod. As Sean states, it's light enough for summer runs but has plenty of backbone for big fish. For winter/skagit work I like the 510gr Airflo Intermediate. Once I experienced the superior swing of the intermediate I rarely use a floating skagit any more. Summer conditions the RIO AFS in 460gr rocks on this rod! For windy conditions or light tips I switch to a Rage. If you are on the fence, get it. Killer rod, killer price.