Nope. Bedford like a graphite rod about 9 - 9.5 feet long, lined with 8# - 10# line. He literally covers the water with casts, and will work miles of water in a day. Always with spinners. I met Dick Swan a number of times, and we discussed Steelhead fishing plenty. I have never been a fan of ultra-light tackle for Steelhead, but that was his thing. To each their own.