I flyfish the surf with my 13' 8/9 Redington. It is very light and has a fast tip. Plenty of punch and power combined in a easy handling spey rod. When you are casting streamers up to 12" long, you may need some power. This is what I live for, its a different breed of fishing. I have fooled around with the St. Croix 7/8 and found it has a more moderate, slower action. This will help when I am on the river, mending line and with the many casts I practice.(i.e. single spey, double spey, snap t, and reverse snake roll casts) It will be my primary indicator rod. Two friends of mine, Matt Supinski and Jon Kestner(both guides in Michigan) taught me two different ways to indicator fish using a spey rod. Both are different but effective. Spey fishing is becoming popular in our Great Lakes region. If anyone is intersted, check out the post about my spey school I am hosting.