I have recently purchased a 9' 5wt. classic trout, and have fallen in love with it. It fits my casting style perfectly. I have been fly casting for about twelve years now, and still make the occasional casting error. The classic trout is very forgiving of these errors, and in some instances I have been able to compensate for these errors midcast. This is something I haven't been able to do with any of my other rods. I have fished bluegill with poppers and buggers. Trout, on small streams in northeast Iowa, with nymphs, dropper rigs, and drys. The classic trout has handled beautifully in every way. It throws nice open loops when casting droppers, or delicately dropping small drys, and I can still get some pretty good distance, 50' or so, with a tighter loop with a small adjustment in my cast. Best of all, it fits my budget. Simply put. The classic trout fits me perfectly. One problem. Now I want one in a 3wt!