The 8-weight fly rod is considered the best all around rod for open water, flats fishing. It's most popular for bonefish, snook, redfish, and a number of other saltwater species. The one-piece design is the major factor in weight reduction. It has a very fast taper for creating nice, aerodynamic loops for longer casts, even in the wind. It's extremely quick and surprisingly powerful. A must have rod for any serious saltwater angler, especially for those that keep their rods in their boat!