I'm getting the feeling I'd be right at home on Oregon coastal rivers. Some plus points for me and a short double hand. Ease of maneuverability, both casting and travel, on smaller waters. Ability to fish heavier heads / tips / bigger flies.. ie handle more grains comfortably. The lightest Skagit I fish is 400gr, with tip your at 500 'ish'.. not in the comfort zone of a single hand stick. It's WAY easier for me to combat heavy wind and obstacles with more casts available. Less physical wear and tear over a full day with heavy winds / extreme weather. All that said, I really enjoy fishing a single hand rod when conditions cooporate. With low water and livable breeze [better yet, none] it's a joy.