Me too Tom! It was promising to take Smitty's 525 grain line and throw the whole thing without false casting / hauling - but if you know that line it's probably due to weight and the loop form is the typical chuck n' duck. If you check out the photo of Jeff (above) the rod is not large, but it's capability to throw line is amazingly high.
We're done messing with this rod for a while, and now the trick is to match a line to the rod. Although most factory rods have the advantage of using off-the-shelf lines and changing the stroke if they don't match, our modifications require that we investigate a wider range of lines to find the "sweet spot".
The other two will go "inch at a time", cutting from both ends to balance sweet with stout. I'll keep you posted!