I've never handled a rod over 9' yet, but from your descriptions, sounds like an great rod to use. I may have try one out some time down the road ... if I ever come across one that long.

Right now my 9' 5wt is my main go-to rod, I just luv the way it cast and handles. And it can be used for just about everything I fish for and the areas I fish too. I tie all my own leader/tippets to meet my own personal needs so I can simple make some leader adjustments and go from Gills then go after some sm bass if I'm in the right area.