I have a 6' St Croix Imperial (I602.2, $170-190) that I use a lot. Both my own measurements and one in a 'shootout' indicate this is closer to a 1 wt, though.
I have a 5' TFO Half-Weight ($160). I'd say it's really a 1 wt. At least, I use it with 1 wt line. Some people prefer 2 wt line.
For non-current rods:
I also have a Sage ZXL 8' 2 wt. That rod is closer to a 3 wt in my opinion and by my measurements. I use either 2.5 wt line or 3 wt line.
Finally, I have a St Croix Legend Ultra 7' 6" 2 wt. That rod is a real 2 wt and works best with 2 wt line.
For little streams the Imperial and the TFO are real close to each other. Both will handle 12-14" trout without a problem.
For middle size streams, I usually use the 7' 6" rod, and for larger ones, the Sage.
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Originally Posted by itchmesir
St Croix imperial 2wt. Only downside is reel seat is small. You need a machined foot.
I'm glad you mentioned that. If you use a reel where the foot is too thick, it's very difficult to get off without damaging something.