In mint condition as I doubt it has been used, cigar shaped cork handle with elder hardwood reel seat, this rod is proving to be another achievement in Winston’s long history. Lighter, stronger, and brimming with the soul that creates loyal Winston anglers for life, graphite composite creates a balanced responsiveness: quick and easy to load at short distances, but providing reserve strength for distance casting, rapid line speed, and fish lifting power. Top-of-the-line performance isn’t all you get when casting this rod, however. The Winston name is synonymous with fine craftsmanship, and this rod is no exception. Splendid aesthetics, world-class materials, and years of design experience enhance the fishability of the boron range. What’s not to love about this rod?