Took my new CND 14'4" Steelhead Specialist and a Rio Midspey line out for a test run yesterday. Have been speycasting for five years and consider myself reasonably proficient. My previous rod was a "brown" Sage 7136 13'6". It worked reasonably well with a Triangle Taper spey line and 8 and 9 weight sinktips. I told myself I fished it in the winter because it was light and not too hard on the back for a day's fishing. Am going to confine the Sage to the closet for summer and fall fishing. The CND rod casts more line with much less effort. Some people say its not the rod, it's the fly caster. I have to disagree. It's both.