I've caught most of my trophy fish inside 5 meters -believe it or not. No full length casts at cruising fish. I do best stalking right up to fish and then presenting at the perfect time by judging their body language. Its not a popular method, but it works brilliantly for me. A 9ft rod is just too short for the reach if your going to jig-drop the fly in front of a fish. So i finally tracked down the ultimate 10 footer. A Scott S3s.