This is a subject that we seem to dance around a lot but never really come to terms with. While being one I find generally interesting, it's also one that's important to newbies who are contemplating their first fly rod. Most of us who've fished for a while know full well that rod and line weights are species-and condition-specific. If fly rods are like golf clubs, there's a reason that pros carry 14 different sticks in their bag. Each is specifically designed and intended for different situations and conditions. Bob's post in the thread on 6WT line recommendations suggesting that a 6WT rod is a 'true' fly rod and everything else is a specialty rod got me to wondering: Is a 6WT the ideal rod or is it the worst possible compromise between rods for big fish and small ones, sort of like playing a round of golf with a 5 iron? I guess most people would call me a specialist because I just fish for trout in freshwater. No steelhead, no salmon, no SRCs in the salt. And since most trout are a lot smaller than steelhead or salmon, I have little need for heavier rods. Consequently, my personal arsenal skews toward lighter rods. I have a 2WT, three 3WTs, four 4WTs, a 5WT, two 6WTs, a 7WT and an 8WT. I guess if I was a golfer, you could say I favor the short game. For me, the ideal rod would probably be either a moderately-fast 3WT for delicate presentions of tiny dries to small fish in streams or alpine lakes or a stiffer 4WT that can pitch a streamer or chironomid rig in a gale on Rocky Ford or Lake Lenice. How does your own rod closet reflect the type of fishing you prefer? What would you call the 'ideal ' rod for each type of fishing you do? If you could fish with just one rod for a year, what would it be?