RE:looking for single-handed dry line summer rod suggestions
Why don't I just send you my 896 RPL? You can still buy the Sage VPS 896 which is the same blank essentially; and from the above I would stay it's at least a contender in the contest for the single hander to fill the niche.
I don't like to beat it up in the surf and I have four 9 weight rods at this time (don't need the 8wt). After throwing the 9wt rods that 896 feels light and lively.
Let me know, I'd be happy to do it.