The Recon 9-Weight 9′ 4-Piece Fly Rod is perhaps the most versatile saltwater rod configuration there is. In the Northeast, it is the standard for the four major fly-rod species, striped bass, bonito, false albacore, and bluefish, all of which range the Northeast Coast. The Recon 909-4 offers the strength to handle all of these fish and to power a line through often tough and windy conditions. Go further south, and it is perfect for snook, permit, bull reds, and even juvenile tarpon. In freshwater, this rod is a good bet for lunker bass in the weeds, and carp as well. If you spend a lot of time in salt, the Recon 909-4 will be the fly rod you use most often from beach or boat, and at this price will pay you back tenfold in the cost-to-fun ratio.Helios™ 3 is the benefactor behind the new Recon, utilizing its construction techniques and performance attributes to refine and improve the new series. Increased hoop strength, better tracking, improved damping, and ultimately, significantly improved accuracy are now incorporated into the Recon that is also stronger, more impact resistant, and offers the mid-price buyer access to the best technology Orvis fly rods have to offer.