When you fish clear water where you need to stay back from the spots to avoid spooking fish the extra length in this rod is a big plus. It does everything that its 8' cousin (MUR996) will do but the extra six inches creates a wider radius in the casting stroke for added distance and a little extra tip-speed for long-range hook-sets. It gives you a little more action and slightly more depth when you execute the "figure 8" to entice a strike from a shy muskie. Maximum length maximum strength super light weight. A great combination! Let this rod do all the work for you.