Owned both and sold the sage twice. If you enjoy the feel of the loomis then you would find a lack of feel with the sage. It’s a fast rod that is a cannon. The sage does load up nice but doesn’t have the feel of the shortspey. I personally like rods that bend. I own and fish several dredgers and burkies that are not fast rods at all. If you can get your hands on a sage try it out and see how you like it. I have a buddy that fishes the sage one 7116 and the shortspey 11’11” 6wt and loves both.