Re: Night fly fishing
Around here, in Brown Trout waters, night fishing is all about throwing big dark stuff on top... big black wulff's or small mice. The best way to practice familiarization with your gear for dark is to do it during the day with your eyes closed (this coming from a photographer who has spent a few hours in darkrooms...) so that you can open them to see where you are going wrong... it's a lot easier to dial in those corrections this way than actually practicing in the dark.
... 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