During two weeks on the Clearwater River recently, my 15' 7/8/9 Meiser Highlander was everything I'd hoped it would be. Easy repeat casts in the 95-100 foot range, even though I'm not a rip snortin' distance caster any more. Covering near end water around 50 feet out, the rod cast itself, using either an XLT 7/8 or an Airflo Traditional 8/9 longbelly. For winter on the Skagit River, my favorite rod is my CND Salmo Salar 15 1/2 feet 9/10/11, with an Orvis WF10 long belly, cut and looped for sinking tips. Yes, I cast standard flies to 2/0 to distance. (Lead eyed creaturezoids are reserved for shorter rods and skagit lines.) This rod is noticeably easier to manage than my 16-foot Alltmor.