« Last post by Tom Jindra on March 02, 2014, 09:39:55 AM »
I haven't cast a ShoreStalker, but the 6- and 7-weights are listed as a fast rod of medium stiffness meant for working in close. I'm sure it's a nice rod.
If you WANT to cast an alternative, try a TFO Professional. The Pro is medium-fast with medium stiffness, so it will load easily at short to medium distance.
I don't know where you're located, but if you get significant summer heat, I like the idea of two lines: one for hot weather, another for cooler weather. The Bermuda Short is a tropic saltwater taper, meaning it's meant to hold up well under the highest temperatures (but annoying memory in cooler weather). Being designed for saltwater, the Bermuda will probably not float as high as the bass line. I would consider that a small sacrifice in exchange for the hot weather performance.
Why did that particular package roll-cast better than your Diamondback?
As noted earlier, the heavier rod gave you an advantage. I'm guessing you were able to load the Loomis better than the Diamondback, because the Loomis isn't as stiff. And you probably found the bass line easier to aerialize, because it is shorter than a standard taper. I'm skeptical that you were throwing 60 feet (we routinely misjudge such things), but that's of no great consequence. It's only important that you got much better performance with the heavier rod.