Perhaps for the same reason I like to use a floating line and skated dry fly in westside rivers after they drop to their summer low in July. There are many who can't figure out why I and many I know do this either. Heck, I remember back in the '60's and early 70's when if someone used a rod longer than 8' for trout he was considered an oddball who was using the wrong tool. That was the era of short rods for trout fishing. I remember using a 7' 6 wt Fenwick glass rod for trout fishing on the mainstem Delaware River in the 12 miles below Hancock, NY (Hancock is where the 2 branches join to form the mainstem) and this is huge water is a huge river (it is wider and bigger than the Skagit). Andn now there are folks using 12', 12'6", and 13'+ very light 2-hand trout speys for trout fishing. I wonder what some of the folks now dead I fished with as a high schooler in the late '60's would think of someone using a 12'6" trout spey for trout fishing on the Delaware. I also remember folks using 6' and 6'6" midge rods (they used 3 or 4 wt lines) for steelhead and Atlantic Salmon because they were more "sporting". Now it is rare to see someone fishing a medium to large trout river with a rod shorter than 9' with many folks opting for 10' or longer rods. And if someome shows up fishing with a 7' rod on such rivers (the Yakima for instance), it is said he is hurting his chances for success. Just like if someone shows up on the NF Stilly with a 6' midge rod to fish for summer steelhead. In other words, fly fishing rod length fads come and go. Right now we are in the short, 2-hand and switch rod cycle. Wait a few years, and we might will be back in a single-hand rod cycle. Then again, perhaps we might go back to a longer 2-hand rod cycle. Who knows or really cares. The bottom line is that just like there are folks who prefer to fish with single-hand rods of 9'-10' for steelhead, there are others like myself and William who perfer to use 14'-18' rods and long-belly lines for steelhead. So does it really matter what length rod and belly length line a majority of folks fish with currently?