Still, the Phillipson's tip is too heavy for most small stream work (it was designed to fish at longer distances), so while I love my 8' Phillipson, I was forced to admit the Orvis Superfine's light tip cast more accurately at small stream ranges.
I have two superfines from this series that I like but wouldn't rate them as the best rod ever...
A lot of today's fly rod marketing involves words like "power" and "performance," and neither is much in demand on a stream you can jump across.
Still, because I'm a benevolent rod snob, I agreed to test the Superfine Touch, especially once Orvis' Tom Rosenbauer said many modern fly rods are designed to load well at 30'-40' ranges (which neatly explains all the overlined rods we see on the river), while these rods were designed to load at classic small stream fly rod.
This rod is even fun, I recently discovered with Appalachian Strain Brookies, and nay too much club for 'em!
The other, 'fisher' is a '95 model with the black uplocking hardware and wood reel seat (2 5/8 oz) that I really like for light warmwater applications with various reels including an old Orvis Clearwater lined up with a WF6F line!
These rods will handle 4-6wt lines with ease and have a really surprising amount of power in the butt for fish fighting.