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Ideal rod length for lake fishing boat and shore

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I've got a pelican bass raider boat that I use to cruise around a few reservoirs. I'm mostly trying to catch bass in the summer time with it. I first used a 9' 5/6 wt which seemed under powered and I found difficult to cast long distances. So I went to another extreme, A 10'7" 7wt switch rod. This worked well, casts a mile, and can muscle in the LMB pretty good. However it's long, tiring, and cumbersome compared to what I'm used to. I'm now wondering what a shorter rod with heavier weight would be the ticket? Could I still cast good distance with an 8' rod? I have a two shorter rods but they are a 2 and 4 wt.

Posted on: 12/25 20:17


Re: Ideal rod length for lake fishing boat and shore

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The "tournament legal" fly rods made are 7'11". I'd think anything from 7'11"-10' would work fine if paired with the right line. Its basically falsecast, haul, shoot.

Posted on: 12/25 21:07
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Re: Ideal rod length for lake fishing boat and shore

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In general the longer the rods are better for distance.
I would recommend looking at the Sage Bass II rods. They are shorter, and designed for use on a boat. They should cast bass sized flies at moderate distance with ease. They accomplish this with line weight:
  • The "Bluegill" is a 9wt
  • the "Smallmouth" is a 10wt
  • the "Largemouth" is an 11wt
  • the "Peacock" is a 12wt

I have no experience with any of these rods, (the only rods I have spent that kind of money on are cane) but if I did more warm water fishing, especially from a boat, this is where I would be looking. For your needs I would be looking at the "Largemouth" and if you wanted to throw musky sized flies the "Peacock".

Posted on: 12/26 10:04


Re: Ideal rod length for lake fishing boat and shore

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The Sage rods are $500-600

don't overlook these when you're shopping:

Redington Predator (Redington's version of the Sage Bass) $250-299

TFO Clouser $225-250

TFO Axiom $275-300

TFO Mangrove $250

TFO Mini Mag $200



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Re: Ideal rod length for lake fishing boat and shore

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Thanks for the info. I build my own rods so I will look for a similar blank. I never thought I'd be considering a 7'11" 11 wt, but that would be a nice rod to add to my collection.

Posted on: 12/27 9:11






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