Fished with a 7134-4 burke classic yesterday... Feels like a very fast rod but with feel, very light in hand.. I tried a 540 as recommended by the site but went to a 570 compact skagit as was also recommended by guys who fish or own them...and that was a much better fit IMHO... So spent the day with it...enjoyed it and got out to 18 strips of running line (non mono) relatively consistently... I sure seemed like I was working hard with that rod though..and should admit, I am a Meiser ho for rods....comparatively this burkie in hand feels closer to one of bob's 6/7 mks rods then the 7/8... I've read that burkies give this "Whomp" feeling which I can't say I noticed, fast rod this... Don't know what to think really...Liked fishing a rod this light that will handle big fish...did enjoy it..but felt like I was really missing something with the casting part... Thinking it has something to do with how I cast and tried slowing down, speeding up etc. but never got it completely dialed in... Think this rod might be one wicked scandi and dry line rod...and wonder what others experiences are with that? Not happy looking at my buddies smiling like sharks in the water thinking their sorry asses are getting another one of my cast offs...bastards know me to well...but I want to grow as a caster and not get locked in on one thing if I can...and the cheap pricks won't pay me what I spent anyways...:beathead: So any burkie owners, your input would be greatly appreciated..