I am using a Rio Mid Spey 10/11 cut back with 8/9/10 tips and like it. I have cast the Mid Spey 9/10 and it worked fine - I just liked the 10/11 more. I hope to cast the Grand Spey this week and will let you know how I like it.
I cast the SA XLT 9/10 on my rod at the Sandy Clave and it worked very well. I went with the Mid Spey because I had the tips and thought it will cast better into the wind.
I have had the opportunity to borrow the 15' St. Croix and play with it. I was using a 10/11/12 W/C on it. it worked quite well. However, this was one of their older grey colored blanks. I don't know if they changed anything other than the color when they switched to brown.
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