Re: New Yellowstone Angler 8 Weight Shootout Discussion
True enough, Trout Bum, it is often opined that "different strokes for different folks" makes comapring fly rods a fools game. Also for sure, switching fly lines can dramaticly alter a rods performance characteristics. And we have differnet skill levels, tastes and angling environmnet applications too.
Despite all that, there are (sort of) objectively quantifiable performance profiles withing set parameters for fly rods. Think of the "Shootouts" as analagus to a Car&Driver Sports Sedan comparison. You may want an SUV not a sports sedan but Anderson is comparing sports sedan fly rods and says so. Accuarcy, distance, weight and "feel" are measurable opinions when several skilled anglers compare like sized and catagagorized rods. Personal opinion only counts for that person, well defined comparative analysis provides a yardstick for more of us.