Redington CT...find one, buy it....why? Do a search on this site and find out why. Not convinced do a google search...and find out why. Buy it! Why?...Find a Redington CPS right now? Not an easy task......enuff said from me!
Another vote for the CT...but if you are really looking for a small creek rod you might consider a 7.5 or 8 foot three weight. More delicate presentation and easier to cast in tighter spots and still plenty of rod to handle fish.
I love my 4wt Redington CT for general trout fishing on small to medium sized rivers, but it's 8'6" long and not really suitable for smaller streams/creeks. I tested their shorter 3 wt but decided to stick with my 7' Cabelas fiberglass. It's a 4 wt but it casts and feels like a 3 wt and is my go-to small creek rod. If you're set on getting a Redington I'd strongly recommend the (CT) Classic Trout as these are really great rods. Many people have said they are quite similar to some of the much pricier Sage rods. The CTs were discontinued and replaced by the Temp series rods, but you can still pick up a new CT on Ebay for $100-$120 range. Keep in mind these are more of a medium action rod which is what I like, but some prefer the fast action rods.
I went cheap as I could with a Cabelas Traditional II ($49 on their spring clearance). I put a cheap DT floater on it and was good to go. She's made many a high country trip and Cabelas rod return deal is great just take it back to one of there stores and they'll give you a new one (think Walmart.) The rod itself isn't that bad it's not designed to cast a mile but what 7'6" 4wt is? It is accurate enough and being 7'6" long weight isn't an issue. For backbone it does fairly well my oldest son caught a 4# smallie with it on a wooly bugger and it held up well in the heat of the fight. If you have to go to wall-bela's give the Traditional 2 a shot it might not help you make it to the cover of the Orvis calalog but if it fails just bring it in or send it in and they'll fire you a new one.
Disclaimer: This is only if you can't find a way to support your local fly shop!
See my photo. ' That is an average size fish in my fav small stream.
I love a 2 wt for these native trout. My vote is 2 wt, 7'3" 4 piece Echo carbon.
My favorite rod for the 4" to 8" trout I catch on small streams. I love the light weight, short rod that is easy to fish in the tight areas.
Excellent customer service based out of Vanc WA.
I broke the tip trying to remove a fly from 15ft up the tree. Bad Idea. Tip broke, fished the rest of the day with broken tip. Had rod taken to shop in Vancouver Wa and within days was fishing with a new tip section.
I always check the bargain center at the local Cabela's. Have often found the rusty brown rod tubes in the bargain barrel there. Have picked up three 4-wght rods, and one 2-wght. Each had a minor flaw in them that needed repairs, not much more than another $35-30 to have repaired by a reputable shop (Cabela's said they wouldn't offer the repair themselves for some reason), or even less to do for myself. The rod and tube usually costs me about $25, so all told I get a Cabela's light weight two or three piece rod for below $100. Worth keeping an eye on.
I went the e*ay route to get my young daughter a 4 wt. I found a custom, i.e. home made rod made with a Loomis blank in a nice tube for about $100. I got a rod maker friend to put Happy Birthday from Daddy on it. It is her favorite rod and she won't share it!
The cheapest rod you can get it the free one. I got one from a buddy on this web site. I fish the hell out of it in the summer time. It is a 7'6" blank unknown. But it works and my other is a 7'9" finesse rod. Both are 3wt's.
Someone on another site gave me a free reel for my daughter. Kids break and lose equipment so it is great when people help out. She would like to try a 3 wt if there is someone out there who has an old, pounded rod and/or reel. She is becoming much more careful and dedicated, now age 14.