Re: Rod Recommendation
You have already gotten a lot of good advise on rods. I might suggest Colton as well. I have a 7wt Colton tradewinds and it is quite fast. I ended up overlineing it with an 8wt line to tame it a little but it will cast into a stiff wind quite well. I also have a Tradewinds XS 9wt which is a little slower and it is a rocket with a Wulff BTT. I am not a good caster but I can get a decent sized fly out 100 feet with the 9wt. You should also take a look at their reels. I can't think of the name of their best line of reels but I would put them up against any out there on the market. I have no affliliation with Colton but I would advise you to call Bob and at least talk with him.
I would advise a 9wt if you only intend to get one rod just because of the wind. Otherwise I think a 7 or 8wt is the way to go.