a fishing perspective
I fish one river a fair bit that (1) requires shooting line to reach fish (due to backcast limitations) and (2) often favors larger flies, wet or dry, to move fish.
I find an XLT is a liability on this river because there isn't room to open up, it doesn't shoot well, nor does it have the power to turn over big bugs at close range.
In other words, fishing conditions don't always favor long bellies, even though I enjoy carrying a longer line for the "casting" part of fishing whenever given the chance
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