Originally Posted by fireroad
I am not a very good caster and have found many popular fast action rods stiff or too fast to cast with any finesse or accuracy.
Like Sweet & Salt
just posted, you might want to look at some of the rods that are more forgiving. I can cast most rods very well, but I spend WAY too much time fishing. About 10 years ago, I decided that learning how to cast well was worth my time, and realized that I had wasted 25 years casting poorly. I broke down every movement I made, and questioned every false cast. My wife makes excessive false casts, often making 5 false casts when one will do. When you choose this path, most rods will perform much better (even though it's really you
performing much better). A light and responsive rod is a joy to cast, and there are some really awful rods out there. The dogs are hard to find, but I did run into a guy last year that had just bought an outfit. He was clearly struggling, and I offered to help. One stroke, and I realized that it was a miracle that he could cast beyond 10 feet. Even the $15 rod I bought 35 years ago was 100X better than this telephone pole! The rods you listed are all good, and you can grow into a rod.
My Z-Axis and I clicked right from the start, but not past 45 feet. I can toss pretty much an entire line whenever I want with the Z-Axis now, but I had to learn what the rod demanded. S&S's comment about the ONE not being forgiving have been echoed here and elsewhere, so you have to try them. If you and the rod hit it off right away, excellent. If you feel that the rod has potential for you, and are willing to become a better caster, that might be the right rod for you. I can assure you that my first fast action rod and I did not get along from the start, but I ended up buying 3 more when they were on closeout (Diamondback Aeroflex).