A good mid-length venerable glass fly rod from the 70s will fit in all places in the hill country, especially in cypress tunnels, and would be my recommendation to anybody.
That's something else the Japanese make, multipiece rods for any fishing you want, including some famous mid-length glass fly rods. Seems riding on trains has a stealth traveling factor for Japanese - bumping somebody with a long two piece rod tube would lose face.
(as you can see, reels are a priority for me)
Josh, your new rod is really pretty, and thanks for posting it. Looking forward to fishing results.
Nissin makes great rods - they were high on my list for a new longer salt XUL before I recently sprang for the 8'3" Yamage blanks TZ Nano (that was about catching one in stock - they sell out quickly).
In case any want to see an on-line catalog of Japanese rods, Plat is a very good vendor: https://www.plat.co.jp/shop/catalog/def ... 8/rod.html
you can also get all your reel parts there, including Shimano Yumeya and Daiwa SLP Works
For the fly rods, Blue Dun Fly Shop is a great vendor - the owner has very good English, used to guide in Montana (he worked then for MRFC)https://www.bluedun.net/fenwick_yellow_glass_e.html