I completely agree with Halcyon, the B2x 14' 8/9 is a completely different rod than the similiar sized T&T rods. I think of the B2x 14' 8/9 as more of an 8 wt rod with medium fast action. The rod likes a smooth acceleration in the casting stroke. If you over power the rod it will not respond well. Cast it slow and smooth and feel the load building in the rod. Then stop and release the energy to make the cast.
This rod is my go to rod and matched with a good line, 80-100 ft casts all day are not a problem. This is also one of the lightest weight rod in it class. It is a pleasure to cast, swing and carry all day.
As for lines, I like the scandi lines and short head lines on this rod. SA short head in 8 wt work well as does the Delta 8/9. The rod will aslo cast skagit heads well. Floater and sink tips are all capable with this rod.
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