No, unfortunately Cathy Beck had a Demo at the pool as I was about to switch for that rod with my buddy. He prefered the RPLXi to the XP, but Barry Beck certainly was a big fan of the rod (FWIW). Claiming that he just returned from Venezuela and that is the rod he consistently reached for. I liked the 8wt Backwater by Daimondback as well as the RPLXi 8wt 3pc. and probably will be buying (or building) that in lieu of the Sage (can't justify it).