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Old 04-02-2006, 01:28 PM
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Default Re: What role does length play?

A few thoughts -- from my manuscript, Fly Fishing for the Rest of Us.


The Long and Short of it
Short Rods
Advantages
  1. Ease of transport: A more expensive travel version is not required
  2. Maneuverable: Easy to cast in confined areas - trees, brush, small streams.
  3. Lighter in Weight: Short rods weigh less than long rods of the same weight.
  4. Fun--A Challenge: Not forgiving of casting errors. Requires best effort.
  5. Fast: Develops high line speed easily; throws a tight loop.
Disadvantages
  1. Mending Line: Comparatively speaking - difficult.
  2. Hard Work: It takes more effort to be efficient.
  3. Short Lever: Increases the difficulty of lifting the line into the backcast.
Long Rods

Advantages
  1. High Backcast: Enables a higher backcast with comparative ease.
  2. Long Lever: Comparative ease in lifting line from the water.
  3. Mending Made Easy: When mendng line is critical, do it with ease.
  4. Casting Error: Long rods are much more forgiving of mistakes.
Disadvantages
  1. Weight: Length adds weight.
  2. Awkward and Clumsy: Easy to tangle in close quarters.
  3. Casts a Wider Loop: Don't kid yourself, the short rod has advantages
  4. Advantage Fish: In the landing zone, it's advantage fish.
Doug
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