RE:Sage XP 490-4
I have two buddies that bought the 9'6" 8-weight XP in 4 piece design for bonefish use in Cuba. They handled all bonefish up to 9 lbs fine, but one brought the rod back to the store: he broke the tip section trying to pull the leader/line connection through the tip top. The way I see it the rod wasn't faulty.
The other guy (has more saltwater experience) had a few mid-size jacks on the rod as well and felt a little undergunned but otherwise fine rod, though.