Haven't been on a small stream in a long time. It reminded me of my early beginnings as a fly fisher. We always used to say if you can catch fish in a willow-clad small stream, you can catch them anywhere. It was fun to use the 5 weight. The Lochmor 5905-3 is a fantastic rod, with a punchy responsive action. If you are looking for a slick 5 weight I totally recommend it. I team it up with a Hardy Ultra-light disc.