Thank you johan851 for a prompt response.
First, note that some online retailers are totally fine with you purchasing a rod, test casting it, and returning it. Give them a call before you do to make sure you understand their return policy. But trying out a rod first is a pretty standard thing, and if you don't like it you're only out shipping.
That is a great piece of advice. I will do that. I would like to narrow my choices though before ordering.
Do you need a rod that can deal with wind? If wind isn't a huge issue, I'd suggest the FS 602. It'll do great for what you described - short distances with only a single dry fly.
It's hard to answer it simply with yes/no. The stream I want this rod for is a freestone stream, quite wide (40-50 feet) but shallow and full of bigger rocks. As a result, there are only small trout there (8-10 inchers) and wind is often an issue... but fishing there is a stalking game, it's all about being stealthy and hiding behind rocks to catch anyting. It is all short, precise casts. I don't know how would a 2 wt. behave in such an environment - the lightest line weight I have ever fished is a 4, so I would have to rely on the experience of other fishermen. I read the description though and it does sound very tempting... this 2 wt. seems to be made for what I described. Have you or anyone fished it? How did you like it?
I certainly wouldn't get another 4wt if you're finding that your F2 is a little stiffer than you'd like.
I guess you are right about it. For a second I thought a very slow 4 wt. would do the trick but finding one is another thing. Most companies focus on making their rods stiff in the butt section, so that reaching as far as line weight allows isn't an issue. The thing is, this is not always a good thing if you fish small streams and are after smaller trout. Tight loop with short line and delicate presentation is far more important in such a scenario. That is why I thought I should get a Scott FS rod.