RE:If I had $500...what sw rod should I buy?
I been fishing a RPLXi 8wt 3 peice for 2 seasons now and I really like it a lot it's a cannon for sure. I went through 4 Orvis Tridents before I asked for my money back the reel seats were turning the reels would fall off and were very heavy but my favorite rod is a Orvis PM 10 4 peice 10wt. My advice would be to take your reel loaded with the line you are going to use and go out and test them all.
Good Luck John