Re: Rod action
Curious where you are looking. I've found most rod manufacturer's are very forthcoming with their rod actions. As Larry says, each manufacturer has their own flavor in terms of action. This is no different that with spinning or casting rods. My Sage rods tend to run fast, my St. Croix rods tended to run a bit slower for a given action.
Give us a hint on what you are looking for, and we might be able to help you out. The bottom line is test casting a rod before purchase is a necessity if you are looking to drop several hundred dollars on a rod. It is one the major benefits offered by your local fly shop, and it is a good reason to pay a little extra to give them your business.