Randy No one answer exists but many great choices are available . Your budget is certainly high enough while mentioning Sage One and Helios 2 . The Orvis Access is great rod at lower price point as is the Winston GVX . Now the Circa which I love casting has more narrow application . If I could find a discounted new ZXL in 8'6" I would be all over that as I casted both the Winston BIIT and discontinued BIIX but got the ZXL as was more progressive action with just enough crispness to handle small nymph . Good luck and let us know you choice .
Last edited by jastrout; 03-23-2013 at 08:18 AM.