Lots of good advise here. I second the St Croix Avid and the Sage VPS. I purchased a 9' 5wt Sage VPS for my wife about 3 years ago because it was very light,medium to fast action, and forgiving. It has been a great rod as she sharpened her casting skills and it continues to serve her well with her relaxed casting style today. I "borrow it" once in a while myself. I also looked at the Avid and it too has a medium to fast action ans is very forgiving.

Sorry to hear of you medical problems, but glad to see you are still flinging flies.

Dr Bob