Thanks for the responses,
After talking to different "experts" it seems that some people hate the longer rods as being to much work, whereas others love them. The difference seems to be how the rod is being used. Someone who uses a spey type cast seems to like the length and not mind the effort, but those who do a lot of false casting don't care for the way the rod works them over. I'm leaning towards the longer because of little or no overhead casting in the bigger rod sizes (like an 8 wt). Now the only question is whether to buy or to build.....