personally i fish short rods, and fish skagit lines. I don't see the use of a rod over 14ft IMO. I don't need a thunder stick that big for any of the fishing that i do. Whether it be the thompson, squamish, pitt, you name it. Most steelhead travel upstream through the path of least resistance unless forced away from that path. Which in most cases is generally on the inside seams near the shore. I fish everything from my 10'6 6wt all the way up to the 9140. But in reality i don't need to throw that 9140 much farther than i throw my switch. My only reason for up sizing in gear is for size of fish, size of water, and size of fly. How many people in the steelhead fly fishing industry can say that they consistantly catch fish at the 120ft mark? compare that to the number that can say they have caught them at the 45ft mark. If fishing a long belly, sure a long rod is great, but for the fad that skagit casting and big flies has become. There is really no fishing use for the thundersticks anymore. Plus i find landing fish on my shorter rods much easier than on the big ones. I hate watching people half beach a fish, drop the rod in the rocks and run down to the water to grab a scrambling fish. Either learn how to land fish with the big stick, or don't fish it.