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Ok so I have been fly fishing for about 5 years now and really love it. I have two fly rods one is a 9'8in 7/8wt 4 piece, and a 8'6' 5/6 wt 2 piece. I have often enough brought the 9'8' fly rod with me on backpacking trips but unless I find myself at a wide river or a lake I find it hard and awkward and sometimes downright frustrating to use in tight quarters(brushy areas).
A year or so ago a solution for me was to buy an emmrod packer. Which is an awesome little rod and works great for backpacking and fishing darn near anywhere, however, it's not nearly as enjoyable as a flyrod IMO.
So, I am in search of either a shorter light weight fly rod or maybe a tenkara rod. I don't know alot about Tenkara rods. The short fly rod I have my eyes on is the Echo Carbon 6'6' 3wt 4 piece.
I have a $50off coupon for Echo rods, which is what is leaning me toward them in general. But the coupon aside they look like very nicely made moderately priced rods.
I am open to your experiences and recommendations. Has anyone played around with the Tenkara rods? What do you think about them? What is your favorite shorter fly rod for small creeks and brooks?
A little environmental information. Most of the creeks/brooks I want to fish are typically less than 12ft wide, and usually are quite brushy on the banks and often have at least some overhanging brush about 6-9ft off the water. You can obviously see why an 8ft or 9ft rod would not work as it hits everything lol. Yes I know how to roll cast etc.