I really like the Cabela's Three Forks 7.5 ft 3 wt rod for small streams. It is very inexpensive, but it has really performed well for me. It casts easily and accurately for short distances. It also handles some larger fish quite well. It's short length makes it easy to maneuver in tight situations. It is a really fun rod to catch small fish on, and it is cheap enough that I am not in a total panic when I trip in the bushes along some small streams. And yes the small brushy streams do beat me up a bit! But ya gotta love um!