Im going to be buying a new dedicated 8 weight Spey rod for winter steelheading on the Olympic Peninsula, and I need some community input on deciding what to buy. I will only be buying either a echo rod or a sage rod in an eight weight. I can buy any of the echo offerings like the Echo 3 or the Echo TR. I also have the option of maybe going up a bit a price and buying a sage rod. I could buy a sage pulse, sage mod, or a sage method. I have the pulse in a single hander, and I love the action. So my question is: out of all of these echo and sage rods, which is the best performer and bang for your buck? I will probably end up getting an echo, just because of the price, but I'm curious to know if anyone here has experience with the pulse in an eight weight and how it stacks up to the mod and method? Also and most importantly, does anyone have any experience with the echo rods, which echo is a better for skagit casting, the echo 3 or the echo TR? Distance casts and ability to turn over tips and heavy flies is the biggest concern. Thanks!