I have been using a 6wt rod since I really started flyfishing (about 13-14 years ago). In the past couple years I bought a 4wt rod and at the same time I put a real nice weight forward line on the 6wt. The set up covers all my fishing to date - the 6wt does the bass, pike, and muskie flies and the lighter weight streams are covered on the 4wt - even works bass nicely.
Now I have a bit of a problem - its called fishing for steelhead
The streams around here are loaded with down trees and other obstructions. I can throw every fly I have in my arsenal with my 6wt but asking it to jerk a ticked off steelhead in before it heads under cover in the trees is a tall order.
I was thinking about getting a 10wt rod to add to my collection. I figured my 6wt set up how it is will handle all the flies I have so stepping up to an 8wt wouldn't be too much different there. A 10wt is another notch up so I would have a significantly more powerful rod than my 6 and easier casting the big streamers, even though the 6 is adequate.
Now my question. I found a deal on an orvis 12wt - almost half price, 4 piece - same rod as my 4wt - Access series.
If you were considering a 10 and had the option of a 12 would you go for it?
My concern is actually that it might be too heavy duty. I know from shopping for 10wts before that a 10 is a pretty substantial rod. A 12 is going to be even more so. Though, it is going to have even more horsepower for big fish so it has an advantage there.