Re: Some tactical questions (trout fishing)
Just to add another opinion to the mix....
I fish a lot of small brushy trout streams here in Idaho. I have several rods of different lengths, but if I know that I will be on a brushy stream, I will take the shortest light weight rod I have.
If the stream is open meadow, long rods are heaven. You can reach over current seams, and mend effortlessly. But if it is brushy and wild, get a short rod. Seven and a half feet is about the longest I would take. Shorter is better. Willow and briar jungles are murder with anything longer. The little open spots are pretty small on such creeks and overhead room can be nonexistent.