In spite of your direct attack on my unblemished character I will boldly venture a reply. Granted that I know very little about rods and reels, hence defer to experts with vast knowledge like yourself, I will submit that irrespective of fishing locales (river, lake etc) four basic characteristics of rods are imperative:
a) sensitivity, b) power, c) weight, d) balance. Weight and balance are more objective, ie. can be empirically determined, while power and sensitivity, inspite of manufacturers claims, are quite subjective.
While I am happy that you have come over to my camp regarding shorter rods, because they unarguably provide the best combination of the aforementioned characteristics, it is puzzling that you want a 9ft rod for maral (Freudian analysis aside). The benefit of such a rod would be casting distance, but at the cost of all else. Sorry, can't cheat physics. Besides power, the three other characteristics go to hell, as does accuracy, a primary desire when fishing for maral. Yes, in lakes too. And landing a fish becomes more difficult also. I would respectfully ask you to forego your blind infatuation with "what the Brits do" (residual learned behaviour from the Raj?) and instead cast your myopic gaze on what the Nipponese do. While I am a dyed-in-the-wool Anglophile, prefering their primarily coarse fishing habits to the finesse-oriented wizards of Nippon is like recommending a Maruti over a Ferrari because the Maruti gets better gas mileage!!
I am, Sir, your humble servant,