Let's not forget that fishing rods are simply instruments to deliver a fly to the prey, whatever the prey. Have a peek at the Edward Barder website, he's the builder from the Hardy film, and look at his coarse rods. For 1500 British pounds you can get a wonderful rod for Carp or Barbel, a concept foreign to North Americans. Why not head out for smallmouth bass with your favorite 7 wt and get schooled by this great fish. I bet there are ponds near you where you could take out a new angler and slam panfish on poppers. A 6" crappie would win a street fight with a Brookie anyday! A great way to improve your casting and be home on time for dinner.
Even though we wear funny tweed hats and waxed cotton jackets don't forget that all we do is make fishing rods. Albeit damn nice ones that cost a few bucks. Don't get too serious and look down on the lower spectrum of piscatorial pursuits unless you have a triple built rod for Marlin and have actually caught one, now that's impressive, right Jorge?