Very nice write up.
I have that rod and love it a lot.
I have used two different lines on that rod. The Barrio GT120 competition line and an SA MED. I like both lines on the rod, but I think the MED and a Clouser would be the bomb.
I dare anyone to find a rod that performs as well as this rod does for the money. In fact I'll bet you can put it head to head with rods costing multiples of what this rod does. It's also got way better cork than a certain companies rods I won't mention, (hint, they will cost you triple what these cost) and look much better overall. Not just the much better cork.
Thanks for the detailed review.