Thanks again for the feedback, Genlemen.
Juro, I've indeed heard the Grand Spey might be a good choice. But I've also heard it's clunky if you're not careful properly matching line weight to rod.
I have a Sage 7141 that sings with a Cortland WF 9 F but I'd be hard-pressed to get that entire line out past the guides (nevertheless, it's a mystery to me why Sage designates this rod a "7").
Manufactuer's recommendations notwithstanding, what would be the most sensical line weight to choose when considering the Rio GS or the SA XLT for that specific rod?
Thanks for any input out there as D-Day is approaching and I'm compelled to make a decision soon.