It'd be a pretty boring site if we all just sat here and agreed on everything. I'll agree with others who say YOU ALL should use an 8 wt for all reasons already expressed. I'll go ahead and continue fishing my 5 and 6 wt during the summer because that's what I like to do. Just like Jeremy, I can't remember that last time I fought a summer fish for more than 4 or 5 minutes on my 5 wt IMX. I'll vouch for Abel1 also, having seen him land quite a few summer fish on his 5 wt. 8 wt is probably a good all around rod for most situations. Big water, big lines, big flies, big fish, wind, etc. A point I've tried to make here before is that it's more about the angler than it is the gear. Just because you have one in your hand doesn't mean you're using it to it's capabilities.