Originally Posted by bigtroutfishr
they are small limestone/spring creeks such as yellow breeches, big spring, falling springs, codorus creek, in south central pa. they are 30 ft across at most, and wading is mostly required.
Hmm. So wading means you won't hit anything on your back cast?
I just wonder why the 7'6"..when I got mine from Harry Murray down here in VA it was more of a specialty rod for the SNP. It quickly felt too short fishing brushy banks on VA spring creeks and fishing from a kayak or in wading deep meant line hitting water on back casts.
Anyway, I ended up getting 9' 5wts (several) and 8'6—longer rods. More rod for more distance (when I needed it) and ability to mend line better.
But don't let me deter you from your thought on a 7'6" or 8ft (that's where I'd go). You may add more rods later...
That said, the St. Croix is a fantastic little rod. Again, I don't consider it really zippy and fast. It has a really nice action and I love fishing it. I am still amazed at what it can do. Now, when I got mine (4+) years ago it was like $200+ I see it's a little cheaper now.
I've owned 2 other Redington (Crosswater and Tempt). Both 5wts which I found heavy and not as nice as my others, but that's an apple orange comparison. But alot of people like them and they can be trusted on this forum.
Let me think a day or two...maybe it's time to let that St. Croix go since I don't fish it very much at all in the SNP anymore. It has a new $90 click and paw orvis battenkill on it. The line needs replacing tho....let me know what you'd like to do for reel and rod or just rod.