This thread was brought about by a thread in the repair help section concerning the big cat rod. First off i was disapointed that they dont have a blank through handle,so while i was cleaning and respooling i also do my usual drag testing you know scale tied to stationary object and so on . Anyway back to the reason for this thread . While conducting my drag test i also became incresingly concerned when i noticed the feel of flex in the handle of my own big cat rod not a sturdy feeling in my opinion. Definately not one i would have the confidence to take to a cat fight with the fish if a lifetime. Now on the other hand same test on my tiger rod no flex felt solid and assuring i might just trade or sell my medium power big cat and purchase a medium power tiger or maybe even a uglystisk catfish rod . After reading that post and noticing the feel of flex in the big cat i could not honestly say i would have the confidence to take this rod out and put it through the paces chasing a trophy fish . I am by no means a tackle tester or any thing of that nature but i do know that you must have confidence in your gear or you are already losing the fight with that trophy. For those of you that use them and like them please dont take this to heart . But i personally am weary now of this particularly flaw in this product , to my knowledge which i admit is not as vast as some others here most rods intended to fight big strong fish have a blank through design , why did quantum chose to scimp on this feature when the rest of the rod is in my opinion is pretty well made just my .02 .