I am looking to fill a gap in my current set up. I plan on using this rod for Nymphing/streamers, still water, SH Spey, small mouth and sea-run cuts on the coast. I am kinda leaning toward either the SAGE Sonic 697 or the Orvis Recon 966 and staying in the mid priced range. I am also open to stepping up to a 10' rod given what I am going to use it for. With the advances in rod design and construction 10' doesn't mean heavy and inaccurate any more. I look forward to any feed back.