My parents are retiring this spring and plan on returning to Montana from the coast of Washington. They both want me to teach them fly fishing. I decided I would get them each a rod for Christmas and I even plan on screen printing their names on the tubes. I got Dad a 9' 5wt Redington Tempt on closeout, and I am wondering if my mother would be better off with an 8'6" rod? She isn't the physically strongest person around but I'd hate to make mending line a pain. Any opinions?