While the use of VI or VIII tips is possible with the Rage, there are better lines with which to throw tips. Polyleaders (even x-super-fast) have very little impact on the castability of the Rage line.
The Tonic and the Flight (like other skagit lines) are designed to throw tips. The Rage was designed to throw floating or intermediate polyleaders, but one of the "happy accidents" of the Rage design is its ability to turn over much larger payloads than a scandi line while retaining some of the delicacy and pinpoint loop characteristics of that category. Having said that, there are better tools (read: lines) out there for throwing tips.
The Airflo Compact is still the King, IMO. If I am fishing tips on a 12'6"+ rod, you can bet that it is lined with that bad larry.
That's very interesting and helpful. Thank you.
I tell you what I've got going....I have a Beulah Platinum Switch 7wt. It's my Deschutes rod.. But I also want to use it for fishing the swing and for skating/skoppers. So being able to cast a slow sinking, maybe even fast sinking, polyleader with traditionally dressed flies and unweighted tubes, as well as skoppers on a floating tip would suit me just fine. I have another rod for getting deep.
I wasn't sure that the Rage would fit the bill but it sounds like I couldn't go wrong with it or the Flight. I have an Airflo Compact for my spey rod.
Thanks again...I appreciate your input.