Thanks everyone for all of your gracious feedback!
Yes, Dylan, the "livlier" comment does make sense to me ( i too have a thing for sage tapers
- i was already a little concerned about the 10 footer being a little too noodley, and the comments you and Brian made about the casting superiority of the 9.5 have sold me on it over the 10. I'm only sorry that your honesty has lost you a buyer for your 7100
I'm going to hold out until i get a chance to check out that Scott ARC 1196/4 though (an 11.9ft 6wt). It sure seems to be worth a look even though i'm on a hunt to balance the 8150-4 with a pure single-hander.
Juro brings up a good point about a rod being strong enough to bring in a stubborn big fish before it gets played for too long - if anyone could compare this quality in the scott 1196-4 vs sage rpl+ 796-4 vs sage 7136-4, that would be a goldmine for me