Originally Posted by Knothead
Quote by tnflyfisher.
You get as many answers as there are people replying. It is a matter of preference for the individual. I fished North River a few years ago with a 7 ft. 5 wt. and never had more than the leader and about a foot of line out; drifted a chartreuse pheasant tail in fishy-looking spots. Did quite well. One of the best flies and I lost it!!!!!
I built a 6 ft. Tigereye, 2/3 wt. for the Smokies and small streams. I use an Orvis 2 wt. DT and love it.
Perfect example... I fished the North earlier this year with my go-to 9' 4wt. and also did well with a 11" bow as my biggest out of that river. Looking forward to going back up there again this fall!
Can't imagine a 6' as my 7'9" is borderline too short for my tastes. I just like having more line control. I will however reach for the shorter rod (4pc.) for ease of packability when I head into the backcountry. As already suggested, I think it's hard to beat a good 8' 4wt. or 5wt. rod to do it all in the park. Again, just my opinion.