Far and away my favorite fishing is small stream/fish/creek fishing, especially when it involves hiking and discovering a new spot. Just something about going out and exploring. Its amazing we can go from working in a metropolis like Seattle to being all alone on a small creek (the sno forks) in just about 45 min-1 hour. I have honestly never heard of Creekside, I'll have to look them up. I usually get my stuff at Orvis in Bellevue or I look online/ebay if they don't have it. After adding this 2wt I'll have a 2, 5, and 8 wt in my quiver. I looked hard at the Orvis SFT 2wt but the sage TXL-F just seemed a bit more what I was used to/felt right. I figure I can cover almost every bit of water I come across with these 3 rods. Later on if I want another rod I can have a better idea of if I want a 3 or 4 wt. I'm planning on grabbing a tree farm pass for next year and explore up there. I'm excited to see what the NF has to offer. I do almost all of my non-steelhead/beach fishing on the SF and MF (mainly SF) sno. I figure the 2 wt will really shine on the forks unless the wind picks up, in which case a 3/4 wt would be better. I'll probably end up buying another click spool w/ a 3 wt WF line on it in case the winds so bad I need to throw some hauls to cut thru it. As far as rod action goes I learned to fish on a 40 year old medium-slow action sage and picked up a sage vantage as my first rod (9' 5wt). I can't say I am a great caster yet so rod action isn't AS important to me as some of the more advanced anglers but I definitely prefer the action to be similar to what I'm used to (medium-medium/fast). I'm really looking forward to this rod arriving. If anyone is up for some hiking/exploring/fishing up at the forks in a week or so send me a pm (depends when my rod arrives).