The question makes for great campfire debate but never really comes to an agreeable solution by those debating. Sort of like what is the best hunting rifle? Being not local I usually carry a bunch of them from 6.5 to 9 ft., 2 to 5 wt. Heck I sometimes fish a rod just because I want to, regardless of the situation. Part of the fun is having more than one rod and constantly trying to figure out what would make the perfect rod. Sorry I kinda deviated off the subject but........................