I don't think a rod has to be slow to be relaxing and easy to cast.. I do not think a rod has to be fast to develop a tight loop or cast a long distance or to develop high line speed.
At the spey clave on the Sandy last spring I went down the line up and wiggled as many rods as i could and found a couple things.
1. nearly all the rods were the same! they had light soft tips and stiff as a board through the bottom three sections.
2. the rest of the rods are heavy and slow and have no power.
in my opinion the best casting, most powerful and most relaxing rods to fish are.
1. the rod has a tip that is strong enough to cause the rest of the rod to flex then recover quickly... most slow rods are just that weak and full flexing, they are not relaxing to cast. they are just heavy and slow.
there are some really poor rods on the market these days, some of them are very popular because lets face it an 11 - 15 foot stick of graphite is going to move a fly line. people will spend tons of money to buy well marketed rods that are good enough so there is little incentive to hammer out every last detail to perfect a rod.
"Never be afraid to show love" Frank Moore
Last edited by roballen; 10-31-2014 at 10:58 AM.