All is well here in Up-state NY and I do hope to join you all in May for the Spring Clave in and around Chatham.
Your .02 is always worth at least .10 to me.
I was very surprised to see the original remark that posed the question as it came from a very respected member of the Fly Fishing Community, one and two handed.
Guess it all boils down to what fits the caster, probably fits the rod but if it fits the rod better then it makes the caster better.
Enjoy yourself at the Bears Den "do". Its too far to drive and Mother Nature can make it unpleasant, especially that time of year.