Re: New Members Please Read
Jly, welcome to the board. glad you found us.
The good news is that you have a ton of options for gear. I think your best bet would be to post the question in the rod forum (under the gear section) You should get a lot of good info.
I think, in most cases a four weight would be a good choice for small streams and small flies for trout and panfish-- it sounds like you have other fly gear as well. (A 9 foot 5 weight for trout or 6 weight for trout and bass might be a better all around choice if you don't. They'll still cast the small stuff, but you'll be able to through larger flies a bit easier too.)
In general, something with a medium fast action--- rather than a fast action rod might be a bit easier if you're learning or relearning how to cast, and will be more forgiving of lighter tippets used with small flies.
You might give some thought to length too. A 9 foot might be helpful if you need to get you're backcast over stuff behind you and help with mending and reach out with longer casts occassionally, but you may want something shorter if you're swinging it around a lot of brush and overhead cover on small streams, and generally working closer where something like a 7 1/2 or 8' rod might be a better choice.
Also give some thought as to a ballpark budget-- there's some great stuff at virtually every price point and it will help folks narrow it down.
Good luck, looking forward to more of your posts. there are a lot of helpful folks here that can give you some good options for a new stick.