you say your friend preferred the RPLXi to the XP. Is the XP that stiff to be compared with the RPLXi? I wonder how the XP would work in light line situations then, like a 3 or 4wt.?
Oh yes, Cathy B.... hmmm... last year in Toronto she was giving a clinic and I was chatting with a friend quite far away and as she spoke, she gave me a dirty look. Guess she must have really good ears 8^)
The Diamondback you're referring to... is it an IM6 blank? I have a three piece 9 weight Diamondback (IM6 blank and spigot ferrule) which I love casting but find too soft when trying to push it in wind situations or reaching for distance.