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Re: Short Rods and where you use them

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I have and use a 5'3" for a 4/5 wt. for small streams and it has caught a few under 30" musky and a few carp along with carp. That is the smallest right now. used to have a 4' footer for a 4wt. but sold it long ago. Thinking of building one again.

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Re: Short Rods and where you use them

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I've got a few 6 and 6'6" rods, bamboo and glass. I use them on small brookie waters and love them.
I also use them in my canoe for bluegills.
some folks like em long, some like em short. they will both catch fish.

Posted on: 2011/1/18 18:19


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I have a 7' TXL 3wt thats a sweet little rod, thats the shortest I have right now. I've had 6 and 6.5 footers in the past and liked them, but not enough to keep them for the long run. you can always choke up the the rod, but you can't make it longer. I think that slower rods perform better when shorter and faster rods work better when longer.

Posted on: 2011/1/18 20:59


Re: Short Rods and where you use them

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I have a 6 '- 3 weight that I only bring out for use on the smallest, brushiest streams. And it doesn't get used very much - sometimes I go years without opening up that tube.

Posted on: 2011/1/19 0:03


Re: Short Rods and where you use them

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I see Cabela's has TQR or Tight Quaters Rods that go 5'. I have been in spots where that seemed reasonable,but made do with my 7'6". It's not always nesessary to aireal cast....I know my spelling aint the best.

Posted on: 2011/1/19 0:05
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Re: Short Rods and where you use them

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I own a 6'6" 3wt because I thought that I was supposed to have a really short rod.

I don't use it much.

Posted on: 2011/1/19 0:29
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Re: Short Rods and where you use them

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I like the shorter rods well because I mostly fish on small wild creeks. I have a 6, 6.5, 7 and 7.5. Ranging in wt. from 2 to 4. With a lighter rod it isn't about the fight it's about the finesse of the lighter lines and the advantage of a shorter rod in the brush.

But when fishing spring and others that size were line control is a very big issue I use a standard 9ft.

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Re: Short Rods and where you use them

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I love short rods and fish them in any stream you can jump or when short or med casts are need (usually dry fly fishing small streams, streamer fishing 7'6"):

4'4"
4'10"
5
5'6"
5'8"
5'10"
6'
6'3"

Posted on: 2011/1/19 7:27


Re: Short Rods and where you use them

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I've got a 6' fiberglass rod built by Phil Baldacchino at Kettle Creek Tackle Shop. Great for small streams. You can get through the brush well. It's a four piece so can be broken down for packing in or getting through real tight areas. Down side is you loose reach to poke through and dapple a fly. The fiberglass loads easier than graphite so it casts easier than a short graphite.

Posted on: 2011/1/19 10:04


Re: Short Rods and where you use them

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I use a 7' for small stream dries and for almost all midges. This past fall I found fishing sz 18-22 on a 7' 3w was much more enjoyable.

Posted on: 2011/1/19 10:05


Re: Short Rods and where you use them

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I built a 5' 2wt on a Rainshadow blank and have a 6' 2wt TFO. The 5 footer is a lot of fun on small mountain streams for native brookies.

Posted on: 2011/1/19 19:43


Re: Short Rods and where you use them

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6' 6'' 2wt. or the 6-6 deuce for small, wild freestoners... when you are used to fishing 9 foot rods, this transitions is unbelievable.

my buddy fishes a 5 ft. 2 wt. and I think it's pure junk. It takes some talent to throw big flies any distance with it. If I'm fishing freestoner, I want technical, long casts and long hook-ups. Don't see the magic in dropping a nymph off the bank with a 9 ft rod for a small wild fish.

Posted on: 2011/1/23 11:43
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Re: Short Rods and where you use them

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My smallest is a Versatex 6'6" 2wt. Havent used it much,but it is a nice little rod.

Posted on: 2011/1/23 12:18
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Re: Short Rods and where you use them

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I have 15 rods less that 8', 6 rods less than 7' and 0 rods less than 6'.

I have never cast a rod less than 6' that I liked, but I would love to find one.

I tend to fish small brushy streams more than most people. For me the lower frequency of having to deal with my fly snagged high in a tree overrides any line handling disadvantages. All other things being equal a shorter rod will be more accurate than a longer rod. Also a shorter rod is more efficient once you have hooked a fish.

Posted on: 2011/1/28 11:33


Re: Short Rods and where you use them

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Quote:

shortrod wrote:
Also a shorter rod is more efficient once you have hooked a fish.


Actually, its inefficent but easier to use.

Rod is a lever, your hand is on one side and the fish is on the other side. The longer that rod, the easier it is to apply pressure and the more efficent it is, you give less and get more.

However, a long rod is certainly much more awkward to use, which is what I think you were getting at.

Ergo, you're 100% subjectively right but technically wrong. Heh.

Posted on: 2011/1/28 12:08
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