T&T Contact 2 10'9 3 WT
In addition to this T&T, I own a 10' Echo Shadow 2 and a 10'6 3 WT Echo Shadow X so this is definitely a step up to those rods. Those are both good rods, especially the Shadow X which I think is as sensitive, if not more, than this T&T. However, the old saying of you get what you pay for rings loudly with this rod as it screams quality - from the tube, to the sock (yes even the sock), to the cork and rod itself. I also have a G Loomis NRX LP (both 9ft 5 WT's). The craftsmanship on this Thomas and Thomas is amazing and I put it ahead of even the G Loomis.
I've fished it twice in the last week since I received it. This rod just feels good from the first cast which is one of the areas it excels in. I'm able to more easily hit spots I'm aiming for and the rod recovers quickly (much quicker for me than the Shadow X) helping me stay in contact with the nymphs much earlier in the drift. My initial feeling, although I need to do a side by side, is that it's not quite as sensitive as the Shadow X. Having said that, it is plenty sensitive and excels in accuracy, recovery, craftsmanship and versatility.
I primarily fished a double nymph rig, but I did fish a dry dropper, and double dries for a couple of hours and it performed extremely well. This was one area that I was really interested in as my preference is to carry just one rod that I can primarily nymph with but throw some dries when the situation arises. It's not the G Loomis 9ft 5 wt but it did what I wanted and better than I expected.
I probably didn't need another rod (ask my wife and she'd say that without hesitation) but T&T's motto is "the rod you will eventually own" and I'm damn glad I made the purchase.