Hello all, new to forum (great site) but not to flyfishing. Would appreciate your advice and input. Am currently looking for 6wt rod mostly for general trout fishing (have 4, 5, 8 & assorted speys, Sage & Winston mostly) for use on larger waters (& fish). But I also want to include some beach fishing for SRCs. I do know some of the characteristics of a "SW" rod (ie. fighting butt, anodized seat) but not sure how important they are. Do I need a fighting butt on a 6 wt? Not going for tarpon here. Butt may be handy for barnacles I suppose. What is wrong with a wooden reel seat? I've been around salt water all my life and can't imagine they would swell anymore. Perhaps the salt dries wood out and cracking occurs? Are the guides larger or of special material? I understand enough to put a SW friendly reel on but am tapping the collective mind as to the rod. Thanks in advance.