This is an excellent line, it even works well with an 8wt. rod. The story is I gave my last one away to the most successful salmon angler I have ever known. In spite of inheriting a wast collection of Hardy rods from his father he always fished with the same 12ft cane "Scotty" rod [with a stiffish action]. He always cast 'over head' style using an old 'double tapper' for which he was unable to find a satisfactory replacement, that was until I lent him my Rio. It is difficult to find an over head, non tropical line, that balances with a double hander.