I am new to this sport - about 3 years now trying to learn as much as possible. Being a father of 3 teenage girls budget is what I know keeping the rat hole stash for fishing gear. I have recently purchased the Redington Vice in a 9ft 6wt at $200.00 its a bargain and like it very much. I too was looking for a universal 6wt to accomplish beach fishing in the salt and sinking line for fresh water. Check it out.