The Suntech Tenkarabum Traveler 27 may just be the ideal rod for fishing small streams. It is short enough to use almost anywhere. It is sensitive enough to be fun with 6" brookies, yet can easily handle fish twice that size. People have caught larger fish with its predecessor, the GM Suikei Keiryu Special 27, but the rods are not intended to be big fish rods. They are intended to be small stream rods.
When I think of small streams, for which a 9' rod would be ideal, I do think of little brookie streams in the Appalachians; but I also think of the streams Tom Davis fishes in Idaho, which hold some 14" fish. So, the TenkaraBum Traveler 27 is not a "brookie rod." It is a small stream rod.
TenkaraBum Traveler 27