Finally got a trout spey into my hands for a little testing and fishing. Our local Sage rep was nice enough let me use his 5 weight demo with a windcutter 5/6. I have been a little skeptical of spey rods this size and their usefulness, though I have also been anxietious to give one a work out. To make a long story short, after an evening with this rod, I was incredibly impressed. It is light, well balances, powerful enough to cast in wind, loads up deeply on a decent fish, much less fatiguing to cast than my 7 weight and pretty much absolutely perfect for the river, flies, and fish that I will be putting it up against. When my time with this demo comes to an end, I will purchase one as soon as I can. It is a far nicer rod than I had imagined and I am looking forward to fishing the doors off of it this fall.