I agree with your comments.
I was actually responding to another members inquiry.
I have not fished all the lines to which you refer; I am fairly involved w/ RIO; not to say there is not a better mouse trap but these lines work for me.
I rarely need to fish inside 30 feet and when I do...I can make it work.
Smaller rivers = shorter and lighter rods, for me at least.
I have very much been enjoying the SAGE 7136 and for the rare trip to the Grand Ronde, my 6126 gets the nod.
Fishing the newer SAGE 5120 for trout...much fun.
Good luck to you as well.