a 9' 8wt was and is my go to rod, summer or winter. an exception is fishing the Deschutes in OR with constant winds. then i switch to my 7100 which was originally designed by Sage for this specific river. also turns out to be a great bonefish rod on Christmas island. fishing the Sol Duc is a place to consider changing over to a spey rod because of the overhang and brushy banks, another exception.