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Re: What are advantages of longer rods

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I think I get what everyone is basically saying. I already have the short rods covered and should start looking for a decent longer rod to balance out my inventory. There is no such thing as too many rods IMO

Posted on: 2012/6/4 14:55


Re: What are advantages of longer rods

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You are becoming wise, grasshopper.

Time and a place for everything. Rule of thumb on rod length:

"Use as long as you can get away with, but not longer."

Posted on: 2012/6/4 15:49


Re: What are advantages of longer rods

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Which for me is about 6'. Even if there are no trees behind me, I'm snaggin' something on my back cast!

I jest, of course.

Posted on: 2012/6/4 16:01


Re: What are advantages of longer rods

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pcray1231 wrote:
"Use as long as you can get away with, but not longer."


This is largely true and good standard advice for most I think. Just a bit of a different perspective though...I'm a short rod guy...part of that is the kind of streams I most often fish, but even still, my rod of choice is probably shorter than most guys on a given stream. For instance my "big" rod is an 8'6 5wt and I do most of my trout fishing with either a 7'0 or 8'0 4wt. I just like the casting options a shorter rod opens up on the stream, and am willing to give up a little in terms of mending and line control for the greater maneuverability and easier casting clearance in tighter spots. As mentioned before it's a tradeoff, and personal preference to a large degree. That said, looking at your current lineup grouse I agree with the consensus that your next rod should probably be on the longer end of the spectrum.

Posted on: 2012/6/4 16:16


Re: What are advantages of longer rods

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What are advantages of longer rods?

Wow! I can't believe noone answered "Just ask my wife."

Posted on: 2012/6/4 20:01
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Re: What are advantages of longer rods

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KABOOM!!

Posted on: 2012/6/4 21:18
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Re: What are advantages of longer rods

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afishinado wrote:
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Greenweenie1 wrote:
A longer rod gives you better line mending capabilities whether nymph fishing or extending reach casts with dries.

I have both short and long rods and will always fish the long rods over the short rods.


Me too. I fish the longest rod I can get away with on a given stream for the reasons stated above by GW.



Same here. I have a 4 wt 7.5 foot, 8wt 9ft, and a 5wt 11 foot switch. Any time I am on a decent sized creek I take the switch rod. It will throw a # 4 streamer 75 foot and I can control the line and mend it really well from a long distance. Plus the advantage of using spey casts w a longer rod makes back cast room not an issue in most cases.

Posted on: 2012/6/5 8:35


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