Hey Silver Fox...
I agree with Eddie, that there is certainly nothing wrong with that 14' 9wt Sage. No matter what brand you buy I do think that you should deal with a shop that will let you take a prospective rod purchase to the river with some appropriate lines so you can try it out.
How you get the line out and fishing is personal preference so as long as it works and is easy no one should care but the caster. MSB