Greetings. I am in the market for a good fast action 8 wt. salmon/steelhead rod and am considering a closeout Xi2. I know this rod was really popular a couple years ago, and wondered if it has a loyal following. I am sure that the Xi3 is an improvement, but I am not willing to spend $700 on a salt rod. You can find great deals on new and used Xi2's. I have breifly casted one, and liked it. Stiffer than my XP. I am interested in your opinions of this rod. Thanks.