Re: Need help choosing the right rod.
Although an 8 wt. would certainly "work", a lighter weight rod would be much better for most trout fishing situations. Especially if you plan on throwing dry flies around. In my opinion, an 8 wt. would work for throwing big streamers around which isn't a bad way to fish for trout. On the other hand, if the places you are fishing aren't typically very windy I would get a 4 wt. I personally really like 4 wts. for trout. If there is much wind I would get a 6 wt. I know that a 5 wt. is standard fare for a trout rod, I just like 4's and 6's better, they do their job in their respective situations better for me. Good luck choosing!!
BTW...if you won't be able to invest in 2 trout rods down the rod, get the 5!