To be honest...three of the top 5 rods are sporting J.S Co. blanks, but the loop is built on another taper. The other two...same rods. Only difference is a slight flex profile difference due to the fact that one uses single foot guides and the other uses snakes. Kind of makes you think about some of the **** we are sold in adds and marketing.
Here is the other shootout i referenced. Notice that 100 people cast the rods, and the rods were covered in tape so the test was totally blind. A much better yardstick of a great casting rod imho. I see the J.S rods again which leads me to believe those Koreans are really making some great rods these days! Guess what...2 Sergeants Fly Fishing does NOT sell rods or accept add money...no skin in the game.
The Texas Fly Rod Challenge, Part 1 of 3, The Results Are Here at 2 Sergeants Fly Fishing!*|*2SergeantsFlyFishing – Objective Advice, Big Adventure, Fly Fishing Stuff that Works!