I liked a 7'9" Shakespeare Wonderod, once I figured out it really wanted a 6 line rather than a 5, but the first glass fly rod that I really loved was a Johnson Profile/Phillipson 6 1/2' rod which Harry Murray, owner of Murray's Fly Shop in Edinburg, VA, had used while writing his book Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah Park
. It fishes well in close but also has an extra "gear" when you have enough line out to slingshot longer casts with feel and accuracy, a parabolic action. Not to mention the mojo of this rod catching numerous Shenandoah brook and brown trout before it passed on to me.
Harry had Scott design a special mountain small stream graphite rod for him so he let this rod go, although he told me it took a number of iterations before they developed a rod that had the action he wanted.
Harry Murray's Phillipson glass trout rod - the tube is dinged from bouncing around in the back of his pickup on rough mountain roads.