I have not yet tested the Sage 2109 ONE with OPST Commando heads or the RIO
Skagit Short Max lines.
Hopefully this weekend it will happen, we have a booth at a fly fishing show and I am committed for one day attendance.
I did not notice the new RIO
Switch Chucker lines in 225gr and 275gr,,, will order these immediately to complete the collection,,,, thanks for heads up. I like the 325gr on my Sage 5119 TCX and Thomas & Thomas DNA 1195 rods.
The Sage 2019 rod to me, is a true 2wt Trout Spey, it is delicate with the RIO
Scandi 210gr yet has enough lower butt strength to cast the 200gr RIO
Trout Skagit 11ft with 90gr of MOW floating tip.
All of the Trout Spey rods that I have cast in the lightest weights, can easily cast this amount of Skagit however are softer in the butt section and do not recover as quickly as the Sage ONE designs.
The Sage rods are in their own class, stiffer lower section with nice distance and recovery. This is excellent in windy conditions when you must increase line speed or go home. It also helps when switching to a heavy fly with the Skagit line variations we now have available.
My personal judgment for rating a Trout Spey is the Scandi line it will comfortably cast with long leader and small wet fly.
The Skagit lines allow such a wide grain window it is difficult to place the rod in a Spey line weight slot.
For example a popular rod is the Meiser 12'6" 4wt, it was shipped to a friend with a Steve Godshall Scandi line 324gr and Polyleaders of 75gr = total 400gr line. This is not correct or incorrect, it is the way the rod maker decided to label the rod and the line that was comfortable for that individual casting style.
My favorite 4wt rods are Echo TR 12ft 4wt and Sage 4116 ONE,,, these rods like a 270-280gr Scandi line and long mono leader, for my casting style. Will they cast 400gr ?,,, yes absolutely.
The Sage 2109, 3110 and 4116 to me are all excellent Trout Spey rods,,,, rather pricey however, the performance is worth it to me personally. Light in hand for swing weight and with nice flex for easy casting. Very quick recovery with the Sage graphite design and will give increased line speed and distance compared to the other rods on the market. Are they worth the additional $$,,, up to the individual.