here is a scenario, an example of a small stream in my area. I wanted to see what others may think about the best equipment to use. lets start off by saying that I either use a 9' 5wt rod or a 7.5' 5wt rod on this stream. the stream averages maybe 8ft across with a min of say 4 ft in the tight chutes to maybe a max of 15 ft when it spreads out a bit. lots of boulders with plunge pools and brush and trees right to the edge in a good majority of the water. it is a pretty difficult stream to wade in with all the boulders and very slippery. if I can I will get in the middle and cast upstream or in some of the open areas I will use a typical cast. most of the time however it is short sidearm or roll casts or just flicking or dropping the fly into a pool. I have found both size of rods have its pros and cons. the 7.5 is easy to handle in tight spots but the 9 ft gives more reach when i am trying to drop a fly in as I am reaching around a bush or something. BTW this stream would be a good candidate for Tenkara. does anyone have any preferences or good ideas for handling this type of situation. the stream I am dealing with has a population of small wild browns, planted rainbows and some brookies.