Of the hundreds of fly rods I have cast over the years, my new 8'3" weight 3 upstream is definitely the most unique. I would describe it as a bamboo rod without the weight. The fit and finish are excellent, The grip and cap and ring reel seat are perfect for a light, slow action rod such as this. I was fishing for brook trout with is this week, and was surprised at how well you can cast a longer line when needed, provided you don't overpower it. I have cast a friends 2 weight and 4 weight upstream rods as well, and they all have a similar bamboo rod feel as well. It's hard to describe the action, but if you like bamboo rods you will love the Upstream!