I bought a 9' 6wt Fli from an LL Bean store last month, mostly because you
can return it to LL Bean for a free
exchange if it gets damaged. I
bought mine about 5 minutes before the store closed, and when I got home
found several deep scratches on the butt section. I decided to test cast it
anyway, and felt it didn't give much feedback. It did the job, but it was kind
of without sensation. I was partially ticked off at the scratches, so that may
have tainted my evaluation. I returned it, and didn't feel waiting for the salesman to go through the other rods they had looking for scratches, etc.
It's extremely possible that the 5wt Fli is a more limber rod...I don't know.
If you live near an LL Bean store, you could
break your Sage every weekend, and get a free replacement