I have used the VT2 490-4. I love every one of the 4wts I have, each for different reasons. This one is moderate fast and really casts well for me. I would say that it is a rod that allows for some casting variables. I have faster rods that are not tolerant of starting the forward cast too early or late, pretty unforgiving but send it when you get it right. The VT2 smoothly applys my crappy casting stroke into a very nicely presented fly. Backbone for bigger bugs and streamers, even baitfish on the beach an light wind for SRC. No reason not to find a way to get one in your hand and cast it for yourself. I have had friends not like it because of the blue color. Other than that the only other negative comment I've heard is that it is not a high end rod. Sage makes higher and lower priced rod series, but to snub this one because it is not the most expensive is to overlook a very find casting too. CRAP, now I want to seek out more VT2's.