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In the west, what they call small stream fishing often equates to what we think of as big creeks. Due to lower elevations eastern trout are sequestered to high elevation creeks, runs and – a classic descriptor that I like – licks. Rhododendron grows thick and graceful overhead casting becomes a nightmare. The fish are spooked easily and the concept of ‘dapping’ is laughable in most cases as if you could get that close without putting down a pool you’d be doing well. Slow action rods that load easily with minimum line, roll cast well and make accurate casts under brush are a useful tool. Short 5 foot to 7 foot rods are not toys here, they are musts. Often, an 8′ rod would not even be able to be held in any direction without crashing into the branches. I love small streams.