Reaper Series built with proven materials and components, the Mystic Reaper offers anglers outstanding performance at an exceptional price. They didn’t sacrifice fishability for value and neither should you. After the disappointing showing the Mystic Maverick gave in our 2013 rod shootout, we were apprehensive about their rods. However, We put the Reaper together and all it took was just flexing the rod in our hand to tell that this one was a winner. Why Mystic did not send us all of their different models to compare is a mystery. They gave us just their Maveryck, which was awful. But now our opinion of Mystic has rebounded as this Reaper is a fantastic rod for the price. We all took the rod out on the lawn and were casting into a pretty good breeze, and the Reaper threw very tight and very smoth loops. It was really impressive! This is hands down the best 5 weight for the money.