Re: Fishing with a 7wt 7 1/2 rod just bought
That rod will work fine. I used to have one over twenty years ago. It converted from a fly rod to a spinning rod. That rod accompanied me on a few backpack trips in the Sierras. It has caught a ton of fish, and on dry flies as well.
Its funny, but many years ago, heavier lines (6 or 7 wt. were common to use for trout fishing. I think this is because the rods were very slow and flexed parabolic, just like bamboo. They didn't have modern graphite to use 0wt - 4wt. lines.
I still have my first Orvis rod that I bought when I was in college. It is a Rocky Mountain All Rounder. It is 8'3" 7wt. That rod has caught a bunch of fish.
The beauty of that Eagle Claw is that it will make fighting small fish feel large, and the butt section is very strong so it can play large fish as well.
I think most of presentation is in the skill of the caster.