I have the Timber Coulee model plus a shorter one I had him custom make for me.
Shorter the better if you fish off of the beaten path! I can't imagine dragging a 7 footer back to some of my favorite holes!! I use 4# on the shorter (5 foot or less) rods and if you set the drag right it's a blast!
An oooold Fenwick 6' medium with a really fast tip. Excellent. Then it broke.
A custom made 6' lamiglass blank with 9 line guides. Best rod ever. Lost over the side in a deep, fast river. Cry.
Lately I use a 4' 3" Cabelas pro series UL rod I found in a garage somewhere. Lost 3" of the tip which made the action a little stouter. Very nice rod with the 'modification'.
But I got a 6' St Croix UL for xmas from my Bro and I'm liking it so far. That'll be my primary for now. The action is a little slow, but with 6lb line instead of 4 it casts very well.
I also have a 5.5' Fenwick that is UL++. Very fun to land a 15+ on that noodle. Also can launch small lures a good 25 yards.
I've used so many different types of rods over the years that it is pretty clear that anything will work, as long as it is balanced to the weight of the lures/bait you are using.
Other than the new St Croix I use 4' Trilene Flouro on all setups and change it twice a year. Usually no problems with it, but I am very careful to avoid loose line on retrieves. For the longer rod with the slightly slower action I use heavier 6' to get a few more feet out of my casts when needed.
Wow a lot of 7' rod users. I wouldn't have expected that. My little bush rod has allowed me to make a lot of casts that even a 6' rod couldn't make. Of course I fish WI bluff country and the good streams there are not exactly 'open'.
Often I fish "double barrel" where I haul around two poles. First hit with worms for a while, then hit it with spinners. Back and fort. Saves some time not having to re-rig and I just don't trust any swivel snaps these days.
My second pole is an old Eagle Claw Featherlight. Originally 6'6" I have lost two sections now and continue to fish it at ~ 5'6." Honestly a shorter rod and a lightweight rod like this has it's advantages when worming and when casting within thick brush. I find it easier to cast with a shorter rod in tight quarters.
If you are just out to catch trout don't worry about the right rod, just get out and fish. Majority of trout can be caught with any average pole, just a matter or preference and that you will acquire over time.