Second, when are you really going to boom out big casts in the small stream environment? Better to have a rod with which you can roll cast, mend, and pop short casts at small target zones, rather than a super-fast action rod that you won't really use to full capacity. Sometimes the super-fast modern graphites are about as functional in light rods as a V-8 engine would be on a riding mower. Sure, I imagine that could be fun. And if you want to fish a lake that has smaller fish, but requires long casts to reach them, a fast graphite rod might be the ticket. But fiberglass gives you feel and all the casting oomph you practically need for most in-close fishing environments.