That can make a difference. T&T, CND have specific models for this. In my experience many of the shorter two handed rods should work well for this. You will also find a lot of information in the archives with the search function.
I've played around with this a little over the years and have come to prefer a rod somewhere around 11ft long for this purpose. If you are not strip-retrieving the fly close to shore then a longer rod is probably fine although not really necessary. Also, if you are swinging the fly in current after overhead casting then a longer rod is great.
Extra length works against you on rocks, a boat, when wading especially, etc. If you are fishing for fish that hunt their prey too much rod reduces the fishability at the end of the retreive, the 'red zone' on the beach when most fish hit. Too short and you might as well have a single hander though.
The best choice will depend on the fishery and your approach to it. Even in the northeastern shore there is a place for full spey action rods and floating spey lines albeit practiced by a specific group of anglers who fancy the technique.
The CND Atlantis is designed for hunting the hunter on the beach and works well with shooting heads, full lines and shorter length spey lines. It comes in an 11/12wt and a 9/10wt model.
The TFO 1212 is one of the benchmark rods for your application. You will be totally satisfied with the action, versitility, components, workmanship, the price AND their customer service. I recommend you drop Mike at the Red Shed (www.redshedflyshop.com) an e mail and get one headed your way. It is an awesome stick.
From what you are hunting, it sounds like the lighter Atlantis or one of Bob Meiser's shorter rods would be the ticket. He is a site sponsor and has a number of his rods being used for this type of application.
Ah yes, how could I forget Bob's works of art in this fishery! I wouldn't at all doubt if Bob would send a demo out to one of the area shops for you to test out during your visit jamie. Maybe you can convince him to come out in person!
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