Originally Posted by saflyfish
So what is the "gem" rod of the range then?
First of all welcome to the forum. The "gem" is going to be completely dependent on your intended use. I don't think many of us have cast more than a few of them. My streams are ridiculously tight for casting due to streamside brush. A 3WT 7-6 is my favorite rod. Add some rod length if your conditions allow and it will cast farther. Many fans of the 3WT and 4WT in the 8 to 8-6 lengths. Only complaints I have ever read on the net for any CT were longer 5WT CTs. Just a little too whippy for some folks, others like them just fine. Hope that helped.