With the water levels being so high over normal, at times I was as little as an arm's length from the bank and never more than a rod length. In the photo, I could've reached back and touched those grass clumps that were sticking out of the water.
Yesterday, I tried a Loomis Kispiox (Skagit rod) on grass at Grindstone's open house. The rod is quite soft, much like a 7136, and I found I had to be very broad with my casting motions to get it to work. With my stiff Daiwa, I tend to remain very compact in my motions -- I think that compactness gave me an edge when dealing with the bank.