The Sage R8 as a whole is a rocket ship of a rod, and the 9' 5 weight model is no exception. The fast action allows you to do pretty much anything you want with a 5wt. You can throw heavy nymph rigs, swing meaty streamers downstream, and even lay down a size 18 Blue Winged Olive dry fly to spooky wild browns. There just isn't much this rod can't do. Balanced perfectly with a stunning Black Abel SDF 4/5 with a Native Brown Trout drag knob, spooled up with Rio Gold Elite, you're battle ready with this bundle.