I was in disbelief when the Deathstar felt totally different, I thought it was my line choice but it was a total different feel for me. Glad to kno others who like the 7119 had same opinion on the 12"6.Also initially tried Deathstar but found the 7119 much more suitable to my casting, and a better fit to the rivers I frequent. Great rod for fishing surface flies on the NU with a 390g or 420g Rage and 14' polyleader. Also enough backbone to handle larger winter fish with a 450g Skagit and T11 tips. When TCX's were discontinued a lot of anglers got a sweet rod at a bargain price - thanks Sage , keep those new models coming !