A few thoughts -- from my manuscript, Fly Fishing for the Rest of Us
The Long and Short of it
- Ease of transport: A more expensive travel version is not required
- Maneuverable: Easy to cast in confined areas - trees, brush, small streams.
- Lighter in Weight: Short rods weigh less than long rods of the same weight.
- Fun--A Challenge: Not forgiving of casting errors. Requires best effort.
- Fast: Develops high line speed easily; throws a tight loop.
- Mending Line: Comparatively speaking - difficult.
- Hard Work: It takes more effort to be efficient.
- Short Lever: Increases the difficulty of lifting the line into the backcast.
- High Backcast: Enables a higher backcast with comparative ease.
- Long Lever: Comparative ease in lifting line from the water.
- Mending Made Easy: When mendng line is critical, do it with ease.
- Casting Error: Long rods are much more forgiving of mistakes.
- Weight: Length adds weight.
- Awkward and Clumsy: Easy to tangle in close quarters.
- Casts a Wider Loop: Don't kid yourself, the short rod has advantages
- Advantage Fish: In the landing zone, it's advantage fish.