Can you please give me some information about your single handed rod.
The SH rod is Kerry's Burkheimer 595-4, 9'5" 4/5/6 , Vintage model, standard blank design.
I consider this rod as a 5/6. It will cast well WF and DT 5 as well as WF 6 ( like RIO
Closer) very well. It has a rather firm tip, most of Kerry's rods, engage most of the entire blank when loading and unloading the line/fighting the fish, but at the same time is very crisp and handles wind, good size flies and tips ( trout size, 30-40 gr) very well !!!!!!!!. I intend to use it on larger rivers in Rockies ( Co,WY,MT) where we are moving permanently next month. Few people realize that Kerry has started to roll out SH back in 80's, way before he made several of his famouns DH rods 8-10 year ago.
Between 2,3 and 4 peace rods in 8'9", 9' and 9'5" he has something like 50-60 tapers !!!!!!! of wt. 5 rod.........
It feels very well with common 18-23" Bow but has enough power to land 26-7" fat fish without killing it. To be honest, with 25"+ fish at the end of the line it is better to have the second Kerry's rod I have: 9'6" 5/6/7, which he modified for me to make it more of a 6/7 rod. Blast with mouse pattern and larger flies like this:
Below are photos of my 595-4. there is some light reflection on the blank ( parallel to the blank). everything else are artistic finish with several layers of finish on the guides which look pretty flat. The blanks are available in very deep green, blue and black. All other aspect ( handle, cork: OD, shape etc.) are up to angler and Kerry.
The snakes are titanium alloy as well as stripers. I am not a big fun of agate stripers, specially on SH rods.