Here is the technique: Spin fishing, using 6 to 10 lb test line for steelhead or large trout in small to medium-sized rivers, say 400 to 1500 cfs; bouncing the bottom with a pencil or slinky of 1/4 to 3/8 ounces; using fly patterns (e.g., egg & nymph patterns). This is all done out of a kickboat.
I've been using a spin rod built on a nine-foot fly blank, which is very limber. I like it because it really loads and I can cast extremely far. But I feel it needs more guts in the butt, also, I'd like something a little shorter, if possible, to keep the rod within the boat while navigating rocky or brushy areas. Also, a shorter rod makes it easier to land fish out of these small watercraft. However, length in and of itself is not a deal-breaker for me.
I tried a shorter and stiffer spin rod which for some reason caused a lot of fouling on the cast, with the fly getting wrapped in or around the weight.
So I guess what I am looking for is a rod, ideally 7.5 -8.5 feet in length, with a soft tip to help with the casting, and with enough heft in the butt to strong-arm a fish when I need to. And, of course, sensitivity is a must.
Any ideas? Some have suggested a hotshot-style rod. Sounds OK to me, but I've never fished one, and I'd like more opinions before I shell out the cash. Thanks in advance.