Re: 10 and 12 wt
All rods are different as are all fisherman. A friend of mine has a 10wt that's a brute to cast (for him anyway) but he has another that he handles no sweat. I've been using a 12wt for striper surf fishing for 20 years and have zero complaints. I even use it for false albacore/jetty fishing when the wind really makes things tough. Lighter rods are fine for gentle conditions, but if you want to throw big flies under tough conditions and/or steer heavy fish through boulder fields, you'll want a rod with some serious backbone. The main thing is not to be afraid of heavy rods until you've tried them out yourself. Only you can determine whether or not big sticks are suitable for your situation.