I've decided to make the leap into a beach rod. I have an old Redington 6 wt CPS 9'0" that is a freshwater model and while I know that I could make that work with a good cleaning/dry out after each use, it isn't ideal. The fact that I'm nearly 2 hours from the nearest beach makes me a bit wary about the purchase, but with the Pink invasion coming this summer and my job taking me to the Puget Sound area often, I can't bear to not be rigged and ready for Sea-Runs, Resident Coho, and Pinks. I'm primarily looking at two rods. The newer 9' 6 wt Redington Predator or a 9'6" 6 wt. Sage Response saltwater model. I've cast the Response and I liked it for bombing out an Outbound line. It seems to have good distance ability and I'm sure the Predator is a bomber too. Do I need the extra 6" off the beach? Any thoughts on these rods with an Outbound Intermediate? Pinks and Sea-Runs? The issue becomes (as usual) price. I want the rod I choose to have other applications and abilities. I have a full arsenal of trout sticks 3-6 wt plus a 7 wt Summer Steelhead stick and a nice little two handed quiver. That said, I still don't like having rods that don't get used. Any thoughts or recommendations would be great!