We made it 14 posts without a rhetorical, stupid reply. Thanks This is the kind of thing that I love to hear, In my opinion, the general thought is "it takes grains to turn grains" and for heavier tips, guys throw heavier heads with heavier rods. I have always wondered if the rod "cared" about the difference between a 600gr skagit 75 grain tip, or a 550gr skagit with a 125gr tip. My hunch is NO. I see a lot of guys fishing smaller water, or even bigger water where its not necessary to make a 1,000 foot cast, fishing 9 and 10 weight spey rods. To each his own, for sure, but I just don't find it enjoyable to throw a 14 or 15 foot rod around all day.