Originally Posted by moucheur2003
Get a used Orvis Hydros Tip Flex or a Sage Z-Axis. Better than anything new on the market for $300.
But if you do want to buy new, I think the Temple Fork BVK is a pretty good one. I would also suggest looking at the Greys XF2 Streamflex. (I haven't cast one of those, but I own a 9' 6 wt X-Flite that is a pleasure to cast, and the XF2 is its successor.)
I like my 5 wt XP or my 7 wt. BVK for the bigger stuff. The 590 Z Axis is great, I just personally prefer the slightly stiffer XP for streamers. You can find one cheaper than a z too. I paid 325 for my z used, and most. I've seen to for about $400