Join Date: May 2007
Location: central oregon and s.w. washington
For what it is worth!
I have my hands on all of the rods as they go through design phases.
There is generally a standout in every series but I really feel like these flex/recover very similarly, difference being length and power. Once you know 1 you know them all.
That said, and not to play favorites...but...here are my favorites:
1. 12'8" 7
2. 12'8" 6 almost makes me not want to fish a 7 weight?
3. 13'8" 8 weight 6-piece...yes...packs the same as a 9'0" 5 weight, still breaks in half for those that don't use rod racks on the river and the extra ferrules literally pick up no extra weight in hand or flat/dead spots through the casting stroke.
4. 12'0" 3 it is amazing what that rod will do at 225 grains with a Scandi and 250/275 Skagit. 10' of T11 and a respectable "big nasty" moved 70'-80' effortlessly and easily repeatable.
The other are great too as far as casting. I just don't end up in places like the Rogue, Klamath, Trinity where a good 5 can be a dedicated Summer Steelhead rod or places where plus sized Trout and the 4 weight makes sense.