Now that Sage has discontinued the XP line, I'm seeing a few of their fast action spey rods on sale. I was thinking that the 12 1/2 foot 8 weight would make a really nice rod for beach fishing for stripers here in the east. Since most of the fishing is with intermediate or sink tip lines, I was wondering how the rod would match up with a Rio outbound line. Maybe an 11, 12 or 13 weight? Any thoughts? Any alternative rod suggestions?