Re: battling the wind-rod strategy
The first thing that jumps out at me is the 8'6" rod. I fish small streams with a 7'6" 4wt, and smaller streams with a 6'6" 4wt.
I do have a 6'6" 6wt but there's no real advantage.
I fish the small streams on purpose when it's windy as in close quarters like that, the wind is less of an issue
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart