Re: Need a good powerful rod...
One other rod to throw on your list to try is the Diamondback Flawless. I've been turning heads with those rods lately at demo's. I have a sample bag full of Hardy Zanes, but when I need distance in the wind I've been reaching for the Flawless lately with excellent results. The retail for 299$, but in the last three weeks I've had customers compare them to the best of Sage, Loomis and Scott for casting performance. They are very impressive SW action rods.