Sage 590-4 XP. The only trout rod for me
I feel very much the same as far as single handed trout rods go. However the 4wt b2x-t is just a little better than the others I have cast. Seems to read the mind. As they say, the wand chooses the wizard.RL wintson b2x's in any weight I have yet to cast there two hander yet tho
Sage Z-axis 586-4
Everyone talks about the 590 but unless you are casting as far as you can, this rod blows it away. Such a pleasure to fish
Sage TCX 5119-4
More baby spey than true switch but the most enjoyable rod to fish a floating line on I have ever cast.
Sage X 8140
Hardware and fit/finish leaves a lot to be desired but the rod is so good, that can be easily overlooked. I fish this rod on all sizes of rivers, not just the big ones.
Maybe it is just me but looking at favorite rod lists/preferences here there is a strong tendency towards Moderate to Moderate-fast rods that are smooth and have soft tips yet a lot of backbone. Sage LL and RPL, Loomis rolled IM6, older Scott's, and of course fiber glass are mentioned a lot. The term for rod action has changed over the years. RPL's were Fast action but compared to today's rods I feel the fall into Moderate-fast. Quibble if you like but that is my opinion.
So are rod maker's missing the market with all these Fast action broomsticks with no 'life' feel of being able to play fish while protecting the tippet?