I don't like the idea of trying "grow into" a rod. Tends to reinforce bad habits. Like trying to grow into a pair of shoes that are too big. Yes, you'll get there but in the interim, you'll be stumbling all over. Also, starting with an 11wt isn't the easiest to help learn your cast. My honest opinion is to try to cast as many of the rods you are interested in. You may love the way a certain rod casts and how it feels to you is what counts. Take note of the line that you are casting on each. Every rod has a line it works best with for the caster. I also would suggest taking casting lessons.Guys, I appreciate the help. The hard part is I don't know what my casting stroke will be like and whether or not I should try to 'grow into' the rod or like Jay suggested go with a med fast axiom II. It would be nice if I knew of a place nearby me that would let me demo a rod. I just don't know of any.