I presently use a 9'6" 8 wt rod in the old sage RPL+ series. I fish with a S/A steelhead taper line, 12-15 foot tapered leader,indicator and split shot using mostly nymphing techniques with yarn flys and nymphs. I,ve used a couple of different reels for this setup but have found the Harris solitude iv to be about the most reliable. The most effective presentation for me with this setup is the single hand double spey cast. It seems to be fairly effective in getting all that stuff on the business end out there. If I were to change this set up I think a 10' or longer rod with a fast action would get the indicator and shot out there with a little less effort. The only other rods I,ve had experience with in this category were from loomis (GLX) and sage (XP). I preferred the faster action and extra lengths of these rods over the one I presently use.