CM_Stewart wrote:Dalleinf, are you not allowed to wade or is the water too deep?
I live in the northeastern US and here the streams are so overgrown that if you don't wade there are very few spots where you can make a cast.
Chris, I think that I am allowed to wade in the streams I have access to. However, most are too deep or the stream floor is sandy/muddy and not suitable for walking (I guess I could almost call it quick sand). Therefore, I never wade the streams. Still, for many streams, I have to wear waders (or at least thigh-high boots or hip waders) just to walk along the streams and not get wet.
Many streams are overgrown here as well, but I normally manage to fish some spots. If trees are a problem, I go for a short rod (5-7 foot). If reed-growth/vegetation is dense along the bank, I go for a long rod (9-11 foot). I rarely encounter both challenges at once :-)