Thanks for the feedback guys, wound up getting a pair of Orvis Silver Label Bootfoot Hiking (and another rod - now how did THAT happen?! ;-). These fit the bill nicely since I was also getting annoyed with velcro gravel guards cha-cha. Great service once again from the crew at Concord Outfitters!
Guess I'll use the new stocking foot Clearwaters I pretty much just bought for fresh water only.