I just bought a Tibor Everglades QC Reel. I have been scouring eBay for an appropriate fly rod. I must admit I am partial to Sage, I already own a 4wt and 5wt. I am thinking of going with 8wt and I will primarily use it for bass bugging. I know what a waste... I am thinking about doing some Striper fishing in Georgia also. This is my dilemna: Should I buy a Sage Bass II Largemouth (7'11" 330 grain line) and be super happy with shorter to medium casts. I am worried that if i buy this rod i will not get the distance i need for Striper or if I happen to take a trip to an island, won't be able to use it well for SW critters. If I buy a longer (9') 8wt super fast action rod, like my Sage ONE in 4wt, I will suffer making those short range casts for Bass in the pads. That is my primary quarry. I have looked at G. Loomis Shorestalker, Scott S3S, Sage Response (all in 8 weight) and many Sage and G. Loomis rods on eBay that it is hard to find info on. I have no problem with a rod that is a couple years old as long as it fills the bill. I can not afford to buy 2 rods for this reel. That would be the ultimate but I just can't afford it.