completely agree with that. Out of a tube, or yak for that matter, I rarely even use 9' rods. Usually it's 8' partially because of what's listed above and partially because I just prefer shorter rods for the vast majority of my fishing. as for 10' 5ish weight rods, I recently picked up a 10' 3/4 from Anglers Roost (really more of a 5/6 in my hands), It's IM6 with a nice moderate action. The A.R.E. builds aren't necessarily top notch, so if that's of major concern, you can always just get the blank and have it built up. But, I really like the action on the blank and it's a fun rod to fish.