I have been fishing a sage 15' 9wt for steelhead in BC and I use the rod in Alaska, I throw primarily sink tips, usually heavy one's. The more I use this rod the heavier its seems to me(weighs just over 10 oz's), and long days on the river take a toll on my shoulder. This rod is the slower action sage but even the faster action one weighs about the same. So anyway I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on other possible rods. Winston's web site says their 8/9wt weighs 7 3/4 oz??? How is that possible? Loomis rods are usually fast and light but for some reason they don't list the weights on their web site? Any suggestions???