For the price I personally really like Fenwick fly rods. That being said, I do find them a bit stiffer then others, but for my casting style (or lack there of) they work great. It may be a bit difficult to present that perfect dry fly in a small creek, but if you fish streamers or chironomids they work great. The reel is what it is and you will probably replace it eventually but the rod will serve you great, and as back up for a long time. If you are new to fly fishing, and learn on the Fenwick and want to upgrade down the road, I would look at Scott Rods. I find they are close to the similar to the Fenwick for stiffness but are better quality and allow for more delicate presentation.