After fishing a fantastic 9' Payne (early 30's model 206) for years, I finally decided to build a new model based on that taper- but with a twist: it is hollow-built. The result is truly an amazing rod. It is so light in the hand, yet casts a #5 line with ease. 60' casts are so easy with this rod. We like it even better than the original Payne! It is a 3-piece rod so this makes it easy for traveling. The price is $2300. If you want a longer rod for that extra reach but not the heaviness of a solid rod, this rod should get your attention.