I've had this rod a while now and can say that it is great for silvers. I had a session on the Teme today and whilst the fishing was slow, I manged 6 dace of 6oz to 10oz and every one gave a lovely bend to this rod. It's a bit like the Normark Microlite but a third of the price (you can pick one up for 70). Obviously not quite as slim as the Microlite but an excellent rod, nevertheless . Shakepeare have got it right again and this rod does not lock up, with plenty of backbone for larger fish if hooked. I had a chub on the Wye with it last week and the playing action put a real smile on my face.