You know, there's just something about that sage one that sets it over the competition. It's totally different to any rod that I've casted. For a fast action rod, it has a lot of 'give' to it. I think I'll own one, one day... I've always been a big Winston fan. However, I'm an Orvis fan as well. I personally like the feel of the Access line better than I like the Helios. I think access rods are comparable to some of the Winston rods that I have owned. But, this is my opinion.