I fish mostly large rivers for steelhead. My father has a certified X 86 MC I like the feel of this rod for drift fishing. It has a relatively stiff tip that allows an excellent feeling during drifts. It doesn't give the soft gushy feeling at the tip that I get with medium or slow action rods. I like the action on it a lot! But it is not adequate length for the rivers that I fish. I would like to get either X 10 MC or the X 10 MTC. I was interested in the MTC because it has slightly more backbone, and is rated for lures down to 1/4 ounce rather than 3/8. I often toss small spinners as a second tactic, so the lure rating on this rod is more desirable to me. However I am more concerned that the rod action feels similar to my father's rod than I am about the small reduction in lure weight. I am just wondering how closely the X 10 MTC 's action compares to that of the X 86 MC for drift fishing. I was also curious what mag/med means compared to simply mag? Thanks.