Re: Rod flex?
I think you can get away with fishing a faster rod for small fish on dry's. I fish alot of wets and some streamers typically, with the rod tip just in the water, and the line basically downstream. The takes are often very hard and fast, and I surely wouldn't want a stiff rod for those kinds of hooksets. Timming is important, as I believe the swiftness of the hookset trumps raw power put into a hookset. It also helps to have sharp hooks without barbs (or properly pinched down ones) for better penentration!