I have been using the Sage Xi2 9' 9wt with a RIO 9wt Outbound (375 grains) for stripers in Narragansett Bay and have been pleased with that combination. I had a chance to lawn cast a Winston BII-MX 9' 9wt with the RIO line. Based on that limited use, the Winston seemed to be much lighter in the hand and cast with a great deal more ease! Wonder if any one can verify/provide insight. Thanks Dave