You may also want to consider the Burkheimer 1398. It fits your description perfectly except that at 13' 9" it's 3" longer. Very smooth casting rod with a wonderful tip. My normal line is a SA XLT 8/9. Handles it beautifully.
I can't comment on the CDNs. I had hoped to cast them last month, but the first Eastern mini-clave was cancelled because of weather. They do, in fact, sound very interesting and am looking forward to trying them. I can say that the Burkheimer is light in the hand. Mends beautifully.
I also have the Burk 1338, which is really more of a 7 weight. It's very nice, but I really prefer the 1398. In my opinion, a much more complete rod — very light, powerful and versatile.
Perhaps Tyler has cast both rods.
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