+1 on the Clearwater - my 9' 5wt is my go to rod in almost all situations.
Ditto on this. I've had all 3 generations of the clear water and they have only gotten better.
(broke the previous two and Orvis replaced with newer)
I also have a 6wt BVK. It's an awesome rod and outstanding value as well.
I've also been hearing a lot of good things about the new Orvis Recon rods from several guides as also being a lot of rod for the money. Another price category though.
Best advice I ever got: "Go cast the bloody thing" Good luck!