For years I have been telling everyone the Sage SALT has been “the best rod I’ve ever cast”. Things change and Sage is always innovating and the new SALT HD is an improvement. The second section has been stiffened to make a crisper and faster recovering action. The rod still loads deep and has the “feel” of the older SALT. The 690-4 (6 weight) is my go to stick for Puget Sound. It will handle cutthroat, pink and coho salmon with ease. My SALT HD quiver is strong and includes the 6wt thru 12wt, minus the 9. But, if you're in need of a 9 weight, the Sage X 9wt is also money!