Wader thread turned so soon to rod???, anyhooooh! I had no idea they did wader-shootouts...and Orvis got best buy. Doesn't surprise me. Good for Orvis. But these tests while entertaing with rods/reels/waders are fun....take them accordingly (IMHO)
PS....Saw the newer Clearwaters and that 12'6" 6 is the first one I noticed, hmmm.... not sure I want to get back in that game? Funny after you mentioned hidden gem in the series. The pic was pretty. Someone at Orvis has a good eye for rod candy IMO. In time we find out if they can crack the whip and send the fly a' flying to that spot on the river you targeted! Nothing but good stuff!