I casted a lot of rods while at the show and only two impressed me. I wasn't able to cast the NRX, but I did see them there at a booth, high ticket price for wrap work that wasn't the greatest, but they also didn't try to hide anything using size D thread and a high contrast color wrap on the rod. I stopped and threw two Sage rods, neither one stood out, one was slower one was faster, didn't remember the models because they didn't pop in my hand as being anything that would improve my game. Even the freshwater Hydros didn't impress me. St. Croix's new Bank Robber did though. Unlike most rods, this rod has an extra fast tip and a mid speed mid section. When you flex it, the rod looks similar to a mag bass casting rod in that only the top 20" or so flexes over initially, super fast. It's their Streamer rod that was designed with input from Kelly Galloup. It's sick! Even though St. Croix doesn't sell this blank, I want one, even if it is a factory rod. The other rod I liked was the saltware hydros, I casted both the fresh and saltwater versions in 6wt and the saltwater rod was completely different. After seeing the two rods, and holding them against the helios, I'd go with the hydros for the money, I didn't see too much of a difference that I'd want to shell out the extra dough.