Doc, nice read, and as someone who has spent 30 years primarily hunting still water trout I believe it's right on. I have one thing to add for those who may find themselves on small glacially formed lakes without charts or electronics to rely on. In the northeast and Adirondacks, it's common to see points jutting out of the shore line, and in many cases pointing strait across the lake to a similar feature on the opposite side. Between those points you will quite often have a 'reef' of shallower water that extends across the lake... maybe not so shallow that you can see bottom, but shallow enough that it creates a very good feeding environment. There were three of these on the Adirondack lake I grew up on, and they were very productive. I've used this to find fish all over the northeast, and have confirmed it's virtue in the past few years studying these areas with a Lowrance. YMMV
... But a lifelong journey.
I choose fly rods the same way I do women, motorcycles, and cowboy boots...
go with what ever feels good, and keep on hand as many as I can afford