speaking specifically about orvis.. The reason Orvis rods don't sell in the west is because salesmen won't push them in fly shops!!
A few years ago i worked for an orvis dealer in oregon and went to their annual sales convention thing in Portland where they show all the new stuff, This was the year the vortex reel was brand new as was the new Trident tls
The 7100 was especially nice and powerful.. and most of the rest of the line was as good or better than comparable sages scotts and winstons.
The ONLY reason they didn't sell out west is because no salsmen bothered to try and sell them.... thats my opinion anyway
Only steelhead matter!