best I can tell you is, you can never have too many fly rods. I can't help you on the new rods because all of mine fly rods are bamboo. however I did just buy a ross access in a 3wt, 8'6" long for fishing for bluegills. I was out Friday in the canoe, in the big beaver pond behind my house and saw that was going to be a good way to break one of my rods. I got it for fishing out there and for fishing in the pond in my yard and to have on hand for others to use. kind of looking forward to getting it and trying it out to see how different it is than the bamboo. I use 1930's and 1940's pflueger reels on all of the bamboo, but bought one of the "new" plueger medalist for the new rod. will have to see how it works out. good luck on your search.