Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
IMHO the Skagit is so light and easy to cast that I wouldn't hesitate to use it for the Sky, Hoh, Cowlitz, etc class rivers. But you could certainly go lighter on the East Fk. Lewis, Washougal, Snoqualmie, Green, Wynoochie, Elwha, Sol Duc, Stilly, etc - as desired.
The Custom 1307SP 7/8 13ft is a popular summer run rod, and the Expert 1308 and Custom 1308SP (13' 8/9) are not at all too powerful for summer fish even in the smaller rivers listed above. When lined with a 7/8 Midspey or similar line, they cast with a very light touch and either make for fine summer fishing tools that match the fish and situations for small and large river alike. They are in that all-around zone and are good winter rods as well.
You may have hears that Nobuo is working hard to make the new Greaseliner Series (made with the same IM8 graphite as Specialists and Atlantis rods) available for the arrival of the chrome badboyz of summer.
Beyond CND there are many good rods in this light power / weight range, good luck and may you find a rod that brings you the best summer run season ever!