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I'm thinking about picking up a new single handed trout rod, specifically for dry flies on the Deschutes and other northwest rivers. I'm torn between picking up a 4wt or 5wt. I'm considering a used or closeout Sage Circa in 589-4 or 489-4, or a Burkheimer DAL in either 4 or 5wt, essentially a deeper loading road to toss dries. While I'm leaning toward a 4wt, I'm wondering if I'll regret that decision if the wind picks up or if I fish the salmon fly hatch and am tossing bigger bugs. I grew up primarily fishing a 9' 5wt, but haven't chased trout much in recent years, focusing mostly on swinging flies with a two-handers for steelhead. What's your go-to Deschutes dry fly rod? Any thoughts or suggestions appreciated.