With what I know now, my first rod for the waters you and I fish, would be my Sage 6126-3.
With the Rio
Mid Spey 7/8 and tips, it is a pleasure to cast, catch fish, bring the fish in quickly, release the fish, and then cast for more fish.
With the winds we have in California and S Oregon, I use the 678 WC with the upgrade. I have a WC 5/6 floater, and it is really fun to use on a lake or a calm mid size river with dries, terrestials or emergers.
I have a Meiser 5/6 Switch Rod (10' 6") for the tighter and smaller streams which is why I have the WC 5/6 floater. However, the Sage 6126 with the WC 5/6 and big flies, terrestials or emergers can boom the flies out well into the green backing or all the way out on a lake or medium wide river.
I have a new Loop 3W and a spare spool on their way. The Loop 3W will become the reel of choice with my 6126. When I figure out how to Skagit my 6126
, one Loop 3W spool will hold the Skagit line system, and the other spool will hold the MS 7/8 with tips.
To summarize my feelings for the Sage 6126-3: If Sage ever decides to stop making the 6126, I will buy another one just to have a spare. In fact, I might buy three, to have 2 rods for my two grand children to learn on besides my spare rod.