Nissin Fine Mode Nagare 330
The Nissin Fine Mode Nagare 330 is a wonderfully light, wonderfully soft rod that is just ideal for getting a large fight out of a small fish. Nissin classifies the rod as a seiryu rod - designed for catching small fish in placid streams.
I can certainly understand the drive to catch bigger and bigger fish, the adrenaline rush when your rod suddenly bends more than you think a rod ought to bend as you try to stop the first run, your heart racing when you are not at all sure you are going to win the fight. If you do win the fight (and you don't always) there is a distinct sense of accomplishment. People in the East and Midwest go to Colorado and Montana for that feeling. People in Colorado and Montana go to Alaska.
The thing is, though, if you match the rod to the fish, you can get that same adrenaline rush - and the fear that you might not win the fight - even if the fight is with a surprisingly modest fish. And, you can do it close to home!