I just wanted to let you know I used the Beaver Creek five foot rod, and it was perfect for what I needed. I had a field day nailing nice trout in very small streams and pools, some no larger than a bathroom sink with a heavy canopy. It has been nearly impossible (or frustrating) to fish these streams with a longer rod. When I got used to the rod's action, I could deliver about a twelve foot cast accurately. I like the details of the rod, and it was a lot of fun playing fish. A minor addition you might want to consider is alignment dots at the rod's ferrule points to speed up connecting the rod. That is a very minor detail, but I can see you are into details with your rods! Here are a few picts so you can see where I used it; a small creek named McGee in the Sierra.