I recently had the pleasure of getting my hands on a 9' 2 piece rod called a tough stik by the Cherokee Rod Company. I fished with this rod recently at our WDM Gathering here on the Arkansas River. I fished strictly from the bank either below the dam or downstream from the dam in heavy current. I put a Shakespeare Tidewater 30LA reel on it and put on 80# test braid line on it. I also overloaded the rod too much with weight as I was fishing in heavy current but also wanted to see if the rod could handle it. Like I had mentioned before this rod is a 9' 2 piece rod. It has eight stainless steel guides on it plus the tip. The top end of the rod is very sensitive and fast action which I'm not accustomed to but enjoyed as I could feel every little bump through it, whether it be a rock, limb, or a light bite. The rod is rated for 1 to 4 oz weights but I used 12 oz weights on it plus my bait. I was surprised and pleased as it still did pretty good but could also tell it would have done really well with lighter weights. But, like I previously stated I was out to abuse the rod and see if it would hold up. In my opinion bank fishing on the rocks in heavy current is much tougher on a rod than fishing from a boat so I thought this would be an excellent test for this rod and I feel like it passed with flying colors. Although I would recommend this rod for more of a boat rod or a rod for less current, when fishing from the bank, than I was fishing that day I feel like this rod is very well built and strong enough to handle any size fish. I would like to thank the Cherokee Rod Company for building such an excellent rod.